To speak up for Christ or not

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John 13

36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?”

Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”

37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”

38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

 

Has anyone ever told you your faults?  Perhaps they were hidden faults but when they told you it hurt.  Imagine, if you can, the Lord Jesus telling Peter, who had just promised dying faithfulness, that he was going to deny him before the sun rose the next day.  The pain in Peter’s heart must have been great as he confirmed again his dying faithfulness along with all of the disciples.

We know the rest of the story.  We know that they all forsook Jesus that night.  John followed from afar.  Peter hung around to see what was going to happen.  Before daybreak, Peter had denied the Lord to a servant girl and did so with an oath, promising that he never even knew Jesus.

Let’s take a look inside for a moment.  What has it taken for you to either deny the Lord Jesus or to remain silent when His name came up?  Have there been times when you sensed an opportunity to speak up for Christ and the Gospel and in fear didn’t?

I think that if Jesus told us that we would deny him before dawn we would take Peter’s stance and vehemently reject that prophecy.  But maybe there are times when we are just as weak as Peter and need our faith strengthened so that in the moment of opportunity we speak up for the Lord instead of remaining in cowardly silence against Him.

Tonight we are meeting for a special prayer service.  This is not gathering in groups for prolonged prayer.  This is not enduring someone up front going on in prayer.  This prayer service is designed to look at God, to listen to God, to learn from God and to respond to what God teaches us.  It is both directed and interactive with a focus on prayer.  Our focus tonight will be on our opportunity to be a light for Christ right now.  It will begin at 7:00.  If you miss the beginning you miss the needed introspection time. If you need to leave early you will miss the greatest application time.  Yes, you can come late and yes you can leave early but you will want to come for the whole time.

Sunday is our combined service with all three congregations that meet in our church.  It begins at 11:00.  This service will prove to be a blessed time of fellowship across cultural lines. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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