He spake vehemently

100_1724Mark 14:29-31 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Peter reminds me a lot of me in many ways. Foot in the mouth. A little hard-headed. Sometimes argumentative. Yet, in this instance – Peter made a big mistake in his argument with Christ. He argued vehemently (forcefully, intensely, passionately) that he would never deny or be offended of Christ. And yet, just about 25 verses later we see Peter cursing, swearing, and denying the Lord. The chapter ends with the words, “and when he thought thereon, he wept.”

I can imagine what Peter “thought on” as he walked quickly away from the fire. “How could I have done this?” “How could I not have listened to Jesus?” “How could I…” – and then bitter weeping and sobbing. This morning’s reading reminded me of a verse in 1 Corinthians 10:12, which says “wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed, lest he fall.” I am not exempt from the most despicable of sins. And my prayer is that I’d be sober, and vigilant, to take heed, and not to “think of myself more highly that I ought”, lest “when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway”. Might we realize what we are capable of, and then realize that it is “through Christ” that we will have victory over temptations, sin, and this world – walking with Him and seeking His guidance as we start our day today, all the while thanking for His grace in our lives to this point.

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