Peter said to Jesus in reply, Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be. Jesus said to him, Amen I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times. Peter said to him, Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you. And all the disciples spoke likewise. (Mt 26:33-35)
Peter cannot even allow for the possibility that he would let the Lord down. Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be. Then all the other disciples chime in with the same assurance.
The Book of Proverbs warns, Pride goes before disaster. There is about to be a disaster here. These disciples are only a few hours away from doing exactly what they said they wouldnt do.
Weve all done things wed never do.
The best approach to sin is to look it straight in the eye. In Matthews Gospel, Jesus is especially hard on hypocrites who pretend they have no sins. He calls them whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead mens bones.
Its not just a question of my individual sins. Its my sinfulness itself, the flaw in my system that only Gods grace can mend. Paul is dead honest about this: For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want . . . It is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Try saying that slowly 10 times. I can have a very good effect.
Spend some quiet time with the Lord.
Feast of Purim
Today is the Jewish feast of Purim, celebrating an incident that took place some 2,500 years ago. It is recounted in the Book of Esther.
It is a story of intrigue at the royal palace in Persia. The pagan king, angry at his queen, deposed her and put Esther, a Jewish woman in her place. Meanwhile, a powerful member of the royal court had concocted a plot to have the king in a single day kill all the Jews living in Persia. The date for this massacre was chosen by casting lots which is why Purim is sometimes called the Feast of Lots.
Esther decided to go to the king and plead for her people. In doing so she risked her life, for to enter the kings presence univited was punishable by death. She went ahead anyway and succeeded in saving her people.
Before entering the kings presences she said a prayer:
My Lord, you alone are God. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. Be mindful of me, Or Lord. Give me courage. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion, and help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O Lord.