Judith Ward

Watchman for The Lord

Peter the Rock! Matthew 16:18

The following are a few thoughts on following afar off.

Matthew 26:58

But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

Have you ever felt like you were following Christ from afar? How Peter must have felt when just a few short versus before he had told Jesus “…though I should die with thee, yet I will not deny thee.”

Matthew 26:35

Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

And now Peter was being given the opportunity to do exactly that “die with Christ” and yet he ran, hid, and denied three times every having known Jesus!!! Oh my word what shame Peter must have felt. He must have felt like a coward.

I’m sure when it got right down to dying with Jesus Peter’s thoughts may have gone to his wife and children. We will never know only that he denied Jesus and was ashamed. After all, Jesus had been good to the feisty Peter. He made him the “rock” on which Jesus planned to build His very own church. And a great rock Peter was but I am sure at the moment the cock crowed his shame must have been immense.

Although, the disciples did not receive the Holy Spirit until Pentecost which was forty days after Jesus rose from the dead so maybe Peter did not possess the strength of human spirit to be able to take such a strong stand with Jesus in His darkest hour. Maybe it took the empowerment of the Holy Spirit within Peter’s spirit to give him the strength, the fortitude to be able to make that strong of a stand.

Which leads me to the following point: which maybe it is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which gives many in the western world their ability to stand and fight when necessary.

It’s just a thought to ponder the influence of the Holy Spirit in western society even upon those who may not be followers of Christ Jesus but influenced by Christian believers and the power of the Holy Spirit working through those who were our founding fathers. We really have so much to be grateful for that has been passed down to us: courage, wisdom, and their faith.

I leave you with one last thought to ponder today:

Isaiah 54:14-15 (King James Version)

14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

May the Lord richly bless you as you go throughout your day today! Judith

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