“While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”
- One of our greatest pitfalls is wanting to satisfy the crowd. Pilate wanted the crowd’s opinion on what he should do with Jesus, and Peter did not want to upset the crowd by admitting that he was a Jesus follower. We all must decide how close we will follow Jesus and how bold we will be in our stand for Him.
- Will you stand up for Jesus when others will not?
- Will you seek righteousness above pleasure?
- Will you treat others as Jesus did or will you seek to satisfy the crowd?
Mark 15:12 “”What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.”
Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”
Dear Lord, please give us strength to live for your glory and not our comfort. Amen