Yet Will Not I



           “Yet Will Not I”
Mark chapter 14 verses 26 through 29

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus saith unto them, “All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: For it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.”
But Peter said unto Him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.  KJV

This reflection builds upon my last two writings entitled “Every Man to His Own” and “IS IT I”. If you happened to have missed them, you may go to our website page to read them also if you wish.

Jesus tells His closest followers that all will be offended because of Him on this night, the night of His arrest. Well, the disciples wanted Him to speak plainly to them and He certainly did. Jesus told the truth, He was crystal clear about this point, even pointing out a scripture that confirmed what He was telling them.

Peter was oblivious to the fact that he was, in a subtle way calling Jesus a liar, and blinded to the truth of the scripture that Jesus spoke of, by his own zeal.

Peter’s zeal was great, but his flesh proved weak.

I really appreciate Peter, not for his accomplishments, which were extensive, but for his many shortcomings which I can identify within my own life.

His zeal I greatly admire. Where many of us are held back from experiencing the promises and goodness of God in our lives through unbelief, Peter’s zeal propelled Him forward to experience greatness in His Lord. It was Peter who walked on water, and even though it was for a short time, he still holds that corner of faith. It was also Peter who spoke forth boldly on the Day of Pentecost, and made the first ingathering of souls into the body of Christ, The Church. Let’s not forget that it was Peter who had the courage to proclaim that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God.

Peter demonstrated the good side of zeal and also the bad side of zeal. Peter’s zeal was so red hot that it blinded him to his own weaknesses and to his own character.  He had not, as of yet, yielded fully to the desires of Jesus’ heart.

Peter’s example to us today is a powerful one. Be zealous for the things of God and refuse to enter into unbelief. Choose to receive the fullness of the inheritance that Jesus has won for us, but in so doing let us be mindful of this weak vessel of flesh that holds such a heavenly treasure.

You may wish to pray along with me.

Dear Father,

Thank you for your servant Peter. I am so encouraged by his humanity and his journey of faith. I know you have a calling for me that is unique, and that you give me the strength to walk in that calling. Please stir up in me your gift of zeal that I may accomplish all you desire of me. Kindly develop in me also a lifestyle of humility that I may examine my heart rightly before you, and see accurately the needs of Your Kingdom that I encounter daily. Amen

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