September 26th, 2016
Have You Had to “Eat Your Words”?
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. (Mark 14:72 KJV)
An honest person will tell you they have had at least one “hearing the second crow” incident in their life. Likely, many have had more than one of these desperate and humbling experiences in their relationship with God.
Peter wept when he came face to face with the truth that he had stooped so spiritually low denying he ever knew Jesus, just as He had told Peter it was going to happen. Peter out right denied knowing Him.
Peter thought he was too good and was standing firm or “spiritually upright” and would never deny knowing who Jesus was. In the next few hours Peter was forced to “eat” those words because his denial smoothly flowed outward from his loose lips and into the night time air emphatically announcing to anyone in ear shot that he did not know Jesus.
Not only was Peter forced to eat his words, but as his renunciation began to sink into his heart and mind, he sank downward weeping greatly from his heart. Peter had callously denied knowing Jesus rather than choosing to proclaim just how much Jesus meant to him. By his own words Peter aligned himself in opposition to God rather than facing certain persecution for standing with Him. Peter was not willing to go the extra spiritual mile to bring glory to God.
The truth always speaks boldly and clearly to us when we do or say something which lies in opposition to God. Like Peter, you and I have actively denied who Jesus is in the face of opposition and persecution a time or two by failing to wave the banner of Truth for bringing glory and honor to God.