What Jesus Did! 'One of Them?' — Mark 14:69-70

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The servant girl saw Peter there. Again the girl said to the people who were standing there, "This man is one of those people that followed Jesus." Again Peter said that it was not true. A short time later, some people were standing near Peter. The people said, "We know you are one of those people that followed Jesus. You are from Galilee, the same as Jesus."
— Mark 14:69-70 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:69-70 NLT — "This man is one of those people that followed Jesus."   ——   "We know you are one of those people that followed Jesus. You are from Galilee, the same as Jesus."

Key Thought

Galileans were not very well liked by many in Jerusalem. They had a bit of a different accent. Galilee was known as Galilee of the Gentiles by the Jews. Then Jesus was known as "The Galilean." Peter was branded guilty by association with "The Galilean." Rather than defending the Lord or accepting this "guilt by association," he continues to deny his association with the Lord. We sometimes get angry and talk badly about Peter because of his failure. The real question that we need to face is this: How many times have I denied or betrayed my Lord for far less than Peter did? Despite Peter's failures after Jesus' strong warnings to him and to us about what happens to those who do not stand up for their Lord, Peter was reclaimed and used mightily. Let's use this example of God's grace not to justify our failure, but to stiffen our wills so we won't fail and to celebrate the grace of God that reclaims us if we do.

Today's Prayer

Father, your grace is incredible. I am encouraged that even after his failure, you reclaimed Peter and used him in mighty ways. Dear God, I don't want to fail like this. Help me to never do so. Also, dear Father, use me to help reclaim those who have failed and don't think they can find their way back to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 8:38
  • Galatians 6:1
  • John 13:31-38

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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