Sin. We don’t tend to talk about it much, especially our own sin.
But with yesterday being Easter, the subject of sin ”“ my sin ”“ is on my mind, and Watchman Nee has me deep in thought:
“I, Peter, have denied the Lord.”
How active Peter’s memory must have been recalling the grim events of the past day or two! And in the lurid light of the recent past, how many details of the less recent past must have shown up in dark relief. Could he ever forget? No, never. Peter could never forget; but the risen Lord could dispel all his fears and forebodings with a word.”
(from Twelve Baskets Full 1 by Watchman Nee, page 28)
Can we even imagine all Peter felt in the one quick moment in which he denied the Lord?
- Peter, the one who had experienced the Mount of Transfiguration.
- Peter, who had been in the Garden of Gethsemane and heard the Lord pray.
- Peter, who declared that he would never deny the Lord.
- Peter, who stated he would lay down his life for Jesus had now denied him.
Not once, but three times, denied Jesus. And to a servant girl.
“But the angel said, Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as you did before he died.” (Mark 16:6-7, NLT)
In these two verses, we find the grace and mercy of our Lord not only towards Peter, but to each one of us. I hope you will join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE for the rest of this post.