15. “Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard,
16. but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in. “
17. “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.”
18. It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.”
When it comes to our faith, it is no denying it. Although our faith walk is many times uncertain, unpredictable, uncomfortable, and even unknowing, it should never be undeniable. If it was predictable and a easy walk in the park, then it wouldn’t be faith. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made it clear by saying it like this, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Well here in John chapter 18 verses 15 through 18 we see how Peter’s faith or lack thereof has led him to deny Jesus Christ. We will face many challenges, trials and tribulations as well as tests in our lives. That’s a fact. But our faith in Jesus should be all the confirmation we need not to give up and not to give in.
This denial of Jesus from Peter is considered to be an act of cowardliness. This was done primarily because his was in the company of Jesus’ enemies and he was fearful for his life. Today our faith in Jesus Christ is always under attack whether it is socially, politically or sometimes morally, but it should never be so pressing that it causes for denial.
In this devotional we see three reasons why our faith in our Lord and Savior could never be denied.
1. WE ARE CALLED TO BE DISCIPLES. In verse 15 Peter is called a disciple. Disciples are those who are privileged to become learners of Christ. A disciple is one who follows, adherent, believer, admirer, devotee, upholder, supporter, advocate, proponent, apologist never one who denies. Jesus does not need any disciples who are fair-weather friends, he need some disciples who are faithful willing and for real followers. Many of have come to because disciples of Christ but because of some adversities have wavered in their belief. But Christ has made a promise to all of His disciples and that is that He would be with us forever.
2. WE ARE CALLED TO SPEAK UP. In verse 17 Peter was asked if he was a disciple of Christ. And it was here that he denied being a disciple of Jesus. God always presents opportunities for us as disciple to speak up and witness for Christ. We should never deny such a great occasion to be a witness for the Lord. One of the benefits of being a disciple of Jesus is the excitement, enjoyment and embracing the moments to share the good news (Gospel) about Jesus Christ and Peter missed out on this grand occasion.
3. WE ARE CALLED TO STAND OUT. In verse 18 we see Peter standing around the fire with the enemies of Jesus. Our faith wasn’t giving to us so that we could blend in with the world. It was giving to us so that we could stand out. Jesus said that we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth and it is our mission to stand out and be a witness for Christ. Disciples of Jesus are not to be bashful they are to be blessings. We who are disciples’ of Christ have the kind of faith that cannot be denied.
Dear God, thank you for making us your disciples. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a capacity, and we strive to make a difference in this world. Our prayer is that we will never be ashamed of our calling and maintain a faith that could never be denied. Use us in your service for your glory and your honor. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Pastor Settle W. Townsend Jr. BS., M.Div, D. Min
Auburn Ave Baptist Church