September 16, 2016

Today you should read: John 18:15-27

At this point we are starting to come close to the end of Jesus’ earthly life. In this passage we see two very different scenarios—we see on one hand total confidence and boldness, and on the other we see a total lack of confidence and boldness.

We start out reading about Peter coming into the picture and following Jesus and the “other disciple” who is viewed by scholars to be John. This is the same Peter who had just hours before cut the ear off of a guard who was arresting Jesus.  And yet here he denies Jesus. He was so willing to risk it all in the garden when Jesus was being arrested, but here he has no boldness at all. He is asked if he is a disciple and replies “no.” It is as if he wants the benefit of being a disciple but it has gotten just a little too real for him in this moment so he is not willing to bear the weight of risk that comes with following Jesus.

So I think to myself, how often do I say I follow Jesus one minute and the next lose all boldness?

On the other hand, we see Jesus. He is before the High Priest and is defending himself with the truth. He is clearly facing death, and yet he still stands firm in that he has followed truth and followed and said only the things of the Father. So even in the face of death he stands firm in His confidence in the Lord and His calling. Not only that, he has such boldness in front of a person that has more respect than almost anyone else. Jesus is slapped in the face for how he speaks to the High Priest, and his response is that there is no inconsistency in what he has done, and that he will not waiver or apologize for truth.

How often do you waiver on the truth because of circumstances?

How often do you have true confidence in the truth of the Lord?

How can you grow today in boldness and confidence in the Lord?

By: Dakota Gragg

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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