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Luke 22:34 ” Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know Me.’ “

That could have been me in place of Peter.   How can I self-righteously think that I would have behaved any differently?  Peter had followed Jesus for three years, watching as He preached, healed, and performed miracle after miracle.  But despite all Peter had been part of, he still denied he even knew who Jesus was.  Yes, it could have easily been me disowning the Lord.  For any time I allow fear to mute my voice in speaking the truth of God…I’m silently renouncing Him…more afraid of possible retribution or embarrassment than speaking up.  That’s because when I’m silent instead of standing up for what’s right and good and godly…I’m quietly condoning sin.

Psalm 42:5 ” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

The whole of mankind hoped with eager anticipation…awaiting the promise of the fulfillment of the coming Messiah…only to watch Him die a terrible and horrific death on the Cross.  The day after that shocking event, the human soul was holding its breath…struggling to remember the words of Jesus  while despair tried to crowd out any shred of hope.  Human life hung in the balance between hope and hopelessness that fateful day.  But God is the God of hope, (Romans 15:13) and we have this hope as an anchor. (Hebrews 6:19)  So if today,  you’re facing the impossible, the incurable, the irreversible…put your hope in God and fix your eyes on Him.  For if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can breathe life into your sick, dying body, revive a struggling marriage, or break the chains of addiction off a loved one.  For as long as there is hope, there’s life.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ” I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness; I will take hold of Your hand. I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

God’s plan was to save the nations through the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  In this Scripture, Isaiah foretells of this plan and purpose…or what we call the New Covenant.  Jesus explained this plan and purpose to Paul on that fateful road to Damascus in Acts 26:18 when He said, “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”  And God has faithfully maintaining that covenant with all mankind…offering salvation and life… and the chance to break free of the chains of bondage that hold us prisoner.

Isaiah 52:13-14 ” See, My servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at Him – His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness -“

Here the Prophet Isaiah speaks of the punishment Jesus endured…the flogging, beating, and bludgeoning He bore at the hands of the priests, elders, scribes, and Roman soldiers. (Mark 14:65)  The Son of Man was battered beyond identification…disfigured beyond human semblance…for you.  He endured it all for you… that you may have fellowship with God and the gift of eternal life.

Isaiah 42:2-3 ” He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.”

It says in Matthew 26:62-63,  ” Then the High Priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer?  What is this testimony that these men are bringing against You?’  But Jesus remained silent.”   In this hastily assembled kangaroo court, the  priests, scribes and elders gloated in the fact that they finally had Jesus where they wanted Him.  They had lined up false witnesses to testify against Jesus…but He wasn’t taking the bait.  The High Priest believed that he was in total control of the situation…but he had no idea that he was simply a pawn being used by God within the annals of eternal redemptive history.  Jesus had no reason to answer the High Priest… no need to justify or defend Himself.  For the plan of salvation, created before the dawn of time, was playing out perfectly.

Zechariah 11:12 ” I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.”

When Judas approached the High Priests offering to betray Jesus for them…He basically asked them, “What’s it worth to you?”  In observance of the Law,  which stated in Exodus 21:32, “If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave.”…the High Priests counted out thirty pieces of silver…considering Jesus no more important than a slave.

Mark 14:18 ” While they were reclining at the table eating, He said, ‘ I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me – one who is eating with Me.’ “

Unfortunately, Jesus could say this of many of us.  We like to hang out with Jesus, but when the going gets tough,  we break faith.  Fear, embarrassment, not wanting to offend, wishing to be politically correct will all cause us to deny Him to some degree.  When someone questions our religion, or mocks  our Christian walk  we cave and shy away from taking a stand.  Yes, we love to just hang with Jesus…but only when we’re not forced into a difficult situation and have to choose.