Three Times

November 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

What if your closest friend denied even knowing you just once? Would you be offended? Would you be hurt? What if they denied knowing not only once, but three times? To me that would be the worst kind of pain. They confess to being my friend, yet still deny knowing me three times. This did happen to Jesus Christ. His closest apostle, Peter, denied even knowing him three times(Matthew 26:34,75, Mark 14:30,72, Luke 22:34,61).

The question that comes to my mind is how? How could Peter deny even knowing Christ? Every day Peter saw Him work mighty miracles. Peter saw the blind see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. Amazingly enough Peter even saw the dead rise again. Despite all of that Peter still denied knowing the Savior, not once, not twice, but three times.

After much contemplation and serious studying, I may have found a reason. In order for the Savior to know how every one feels, he needed to know what it felt like to have no one there to support him in his greatest hour of need. How would it be possible for the Savior to know what it feels like to stand all alone, if he  never stood all alone. In order for that to be accomplished it was necessary for Peter to deny Him.

When we feel like we have been betrayed by all who know us. When it feels like its you against the world. We need to remember we have a Friend by our side who will never leave, who will be with us as we face the world. The Savior truly knows what it is like to be completely alone. He went through the dark night all on His own, so that we would never have to do so.

The truly remarkable part is that Peter became stronger because of this experience. He keenly felt the shame that came because of his denial. As a result he never again denied his knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the end he would rather suffer death than to again deny his knowledge of the risen Christ, the Savior of the world.

Peter saw the resurrected Savior. He stood as a witness until his death. We can feel the Savior in our lives during the good times and the bad. Then we, like Peter, can stand as a witness that we know Jesus Christ and cannot deny him.

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Entry filed under: Atonement, Faith.

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  • 1. Steven Watts  |  November 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Isa. 63: 3 ” I have trodden the awinepress alone; and of the people there was none with me:” You are right, the Lord had to stand alone to know what alone feels like and to overcome all things by Himself to stand alone as our Savior.

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