What Jesus Did! 'Not Me!' — Mark 14:29

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Peter said to [Jesus], "Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will."
— Mark 14:29 NLT

Key Thought

Peter, seemingly always wanting to be better or more important than the other followers of Jesus, overstates his faith. Peter initially backs up his words to Jesus by drawing a sword, ready to defend his Lord when Jesus is arrested. Then, Peter runs away with the other followers when Jesus won't fight. Later, he follows Jesus at a distance (Mark 14:50, 54). Eventually as the night wears on him, he denies his Lord three times. Peter is the great reminder that even those of us who possess great faith can run into confusing times when our faith wavers and our resolve melts. Thank God for our forgiving Savior. However, let's heed Jesus' warning to Peter (Mark 14:30) and never over-state our loyalty or be overly critical of those whose loyalty wavers. Instead, let's commit to be faithful and to reclaim those who falter.

Today's Prayer

LORD God Almighty, I know that I am not even close to being invincible. My faith is fallible. I don't want to waver or fall. However, dear LORD, I know that without your powerful help, I will. I humbly ask for your strength and pray that I will not disappoint you or fail you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Galatians 6:1-3
  • James 5:19-20
  • James 5:15-18

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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