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The greatest folk have made grave mistakes in times of fear for their lives. Poor Peter—He was the disciple that often stepped out first and then put that foot in his mouth. He was a man with heart, courage and loyalty, yet, when the time came as Jesus was taken away, Peter was deeply shaken. No doubt he cared—He cut the ear of Caiaphas’ servant. But as Jesus was led away, there were strong doubts turning the disciples upside down.

While Peter’s denial was highlighted—the followers all became scarce. None rose to testify on Jesus behalf, none stormed the chamber—they were all afraid and completely devastated by the capture of the Lord. Such a turn of events seemingly destroyed the movement that had grown that so quickly over the last few years. It was the start of a difficult few days!

Life gets turned upside down—We get our foundations rocked by circumstances all the time—health, jobs, conflict and family crisis always drill straight to our spiritual core. Those that can cling to their faith and survive the crushing waves can rebuild their faith and weather those storms. Few of us has escaped a dramatic fall. I have failed so much that I have lost count. The great news is that God’s grace allows us to recover and still be used despite our frailty and fear. The falling and failures are not what defines us, it is the dusting off, standing up and pressing ahead that makes us the followers we are called to be. Jesus said it best, “In this world you will have trouble—but take heart, I have overcome the world!”

God Bless You

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.

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow