This week, "Good News Compage"
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Ashamed of Jesus!
How do you think you would feel if, at a time when you were in trouble, your best friend completely ignored you, and pretended not even to know you?
I wonder would you be as kind and understanding as the Person in this story who was treated like that? This is the kind of Person you need as your best friend!
The story takes place at a priest's house. A man from Nazareth had been arrested and brought there. "Peter followed at a distance. But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them."
Peter was now surrounded by the people who not only despised his best Friend, Jesus, but who had had Him arrested and brought here.
No doubt most of these people would have seen Jesus do one of His many miracles. Jesus' miracles had been clear proof that He truly was the Son of God.
But these people refused to believe that He was the Son of God and they wanted to put an end to Him and His teaching
rather than question their own beliefs!
Peter thought very differently than those all around him at this priest's house. Peter knew Jesus really was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God",
and that no one other than Jesus could save sinners
and bring them to God.
He also knew there was no one else he could go to who could give him Eternal Life.
"A servant girl saw Peter seated there in the firelight. She .. said, "This man was with Him." But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know Him," he said.
Three times that night as he was in that company at the priest's house Peter denied that he knew and trusted Jesus!
As the morning dawned a rooster crowed. "The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter." Peter looked into the eyes of his wonderful Friend and Saviour - the One he had so shamefully and ignorantly denied! Earlier the Lord had told Peter: ‘Before the cock crows today, you will disown me three times'!
Peter went outside and wept bitterly.
But no amount of tears and sorrow can gain forgiveness of any sin.
I have no doubt that Peter saw love and forgiveness in that look from Jesus his Saviour that night. Peter knew there was forgiveness in "no one else" but Jesus. After Jesus' death and resurrection Peter was able to confidently say, "Jesus Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree".
Peter didn't continue to be ashamed of Jesus! He became a fearless preacher for Jesus and some weeks later he even told some of those very same priests and leaders that Jesus was the only Saviour!
Do you believe that Jesus really is the Son of God, and have you trusted in Him alone to be your only Priest and Saviour? Don't you be like Peter at that priest's house - frightened into being ashamed of Jesus because of religious leaders who refuse to believe the truth about Jesus.
Read about Peter's sad experience in Luke's Gospel chapter 22, verses 54-62.
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Bye for now, John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 22:54-55. 2 John 10:25, 38. 14:11. 3 John 10:32-33. 4 Matthew 16:16. 5 Acts 4:12. 6 John 14:6. 1st Peter 3:18. 7 John 6:67-69. 8 Luke 22:56-57. 9 Luke 22:61-62. 10 1st Peter 2:24.