69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Thursday already! Time is just flying this week! I hope you are enjoying these Easter prayers. I know I am; I like following this story; it helps really understand it as a whole.
Today’s passage comes directly out of the section titled “Peter Denies Jesus.” It’s important to know that Jesus foresaw this. He told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crows.
What’s so powerful about this story is that it proves just how quickly we as humans can move away from our word and how quickly our faith can be taken from us. Think about it; Peter was a disciple. He saw Jesus perform miracles; he traveled with him for three years. He knew He was the son of God, yet when he was surrounded by fear, He caved. He denied Him.
How many times are we surrounded in fear, and how many times do we give in to it instead of standing in the confidence of who Christ is.
What’s more powerful is that Jesus knew in advance what would happen. He said it before the rooster crows; you will deny me 3 times.
It’s a reminder for us all that Jesus is watching. He knows when we will be faced with fear. We have the option to give in to it, we have the option to deny our faith, or we have the option to stand firm. We have the option to lean on Jesus.
Giving in to fear happens, but remember, there is another option. I hope Peter’s lesson is a lesson for us all. I hope we remember to stand firm in our faith.
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”
My favorite verse, however, is verse 73, which is where this title comes from; the bystander said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away,” and it reminded me of all the times someone has stopped me to ask me where I was from. When I say Miami, they proceed with, but are you Spanish? And I always say, yeah, my family is Cuban.
We should all have an accent. Not in the way we pronounce our words, but in the way we speak, in the way we act, in the way we walk. Someone should say to you… “Surely you are Christian; the way you love others gives you away”!
Jesus, forgive us when we give in to fear. Forgive us when we take matters into our own hands rather than fully declaring our faith in you. Every day we work harder to grow deeper in our relationship with you, but every day we are faced with fear. We ask that you give us the strength to choose our faith today. Help us give you our worries, help us give you our anxieties, when someone asks us if we know you, help us badly say yes. We pray our love for you is evident in our actions. We pray our quote-on-quote accent gives us away. We pray they see you through us. We love you with everything in us. Amen and Amen!