Some people built a fire in the middle of the courtyard and were sitting around it. Peter sat there with them, and a servant girl saw him. Then after she had looked at him carefully, she said, “This man was with Jesus!” Peter said, “Woman, I don’t even know that man! Luke 22:55-57 CEV
When the Jewish leaders put Jesus on trial for claiming to be God’s Son, a few distance away in the courtyard another trial-an unofficial one-was going on. Remember only a few hours earlier Peter had boldly told ‘Jesus, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will” (Mark 14:29). But as Jesus faced his trial, Peter sneaked in the shadows of the fire place outside, hoping to learn the fate of Jesus.
At Peter’s trial three witnesses spoke up about his connection to Jesus, “you were one of those with Jesus”; another one said “that man is definitely one of them,” and finally a damsel said you must be one of them. And at all three times Peter denied he followed Jesus: “I don’t know what you’re talking about”; “Peter denied it again”; “I swear by God, I don’t know this man you’re talking about. Then a rooster’s crow reminded Peter that Jesus had predicted this denial the night before. Peter was shattered with grief “and he broke down and cried the scriptures say.
Know it or not, your identity as a believer in Christ is called into question almost daily. As we go about doing life, situations spring up to challenge our relationship with Jesus, from our friends to our workplaces, the enemy plants people to lure us into denying our relationship with Jesus. As a committed Christian, be prepared to step forward and be Christ’s representative in every situation. Stand out and be counted, don’t be lost in the crowd, don’t be a christian fan, the same way you might belong to a political party or your favorite soccer team. Be a Jesus ambassador!
My Declaration And Confession: Lord, I face situations almost every day that tempts me to shrink from admitting I know you either by words or action. Today I receive the grace to be fearless, shameless and bold for you.
Ignite Thought: If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?