The Disciple’s Oath
Daily Devotional for February 26th
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. Matthew 26:34-35
Walking with Jesus and knowing Him face to face had to be the most wonderful privilege anyone could ever imagine. We’ve all had the desire to have been present upon the earth during that time and experienced what it must have been like. But for the disciples, things were about to turn in a very troubling direction. As much as they enjoyed witnessing the victories in people’s lives by the touch of Jesus, they would also have to endure the persecution that would come with it.
Each of us who truly knows the Lord can confirm the same. We enjoy the fellowship with the Lord in the Holy Spirit, but have to endure the ridicule from the world. The world does not know Jesus like you do. They have not had the burden of sin lifted. They have not experienced the joy of the new birth and of being made alive in Christ. Even though you know the Lord, there is still a battle of how far you are willing to go for Christ.
The disciples were faced here with a decision that could have cost them their lives. To deny or not to deny; this was the question. Your commitment to Jesus will always cost you something. 2 Timothy 3:12. There will come a point in your life as a Christian when you will face ridicule, persecution and maybe even death for Jesus. The disciples made a promise to the Lord. They made an oath to Jesus that they would not deny Him. Peter would sadly deny the Lord shortly after.
The commitment you make to the Lord can only be made and kept based on your love for Him. Jesus taught that it was love that caused Him to lay down His life for His friends. We endure ridicule because we love Jesus. Don’t let a little bit of laughter or slander of your faith, drive you away from Jesus. As a matter of fact, this persecution should drive us closer to our Saviour. Have you committed your life to Jesus? Have you made a promise to the Lord to follow Him even through some hard times? There is a decision we must make as to who will be our master. What choice have you made?