Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday The Cock


The Cock


Three times strangers asked Peter if he was a follower of Jesus. Three times he said NO. He did not want his name associated with Jesus. He said he did not even know this man Jesus. He adds a curse with his last denial.

How about it? Have you ever heard anyone speak poorly of the church and not mentioned that you belong to one? Even when the church richly deserves the bad name that it has created, the question is are we willing to still be associated with it and let people know that you do have a church home. Peter risked arrest, pain, and death. We risk the negative opinion of others and we seemingly value their opinion higher than the opinion of Jesus. Do you hear the cock crow?

Have you ever cast a vote for an issue or a candidate based on how the vote will save you money, or protect your investment, keep something the same, or someone way from your back yard? Here we are giving a heightened value to our interests and denying that Jesus is our leader. We ask what is good for us and not what Jesus has said is good. Do you hear the the cock crow a second time?

What about when you and a few others are talking about some issue. Just talking and solving all the worlds problems. With pleasure you happen to remember that Jesus taught us and pointed us in a direction to follow on the issue at hand. You speak up for that direction! And when someone asks why you think this way, you give a mild response about it making sense, or it seems good, or that's how your parents raised you, or it's just the right thing to do. And again you realize that you may have followed Jesus but have not wanted anyone to know that you have. You do not even mention the golden rule is from scripture. And you realize that you are just like Peter. You are secretly following Jesus but denying it to others.

Wait a second and you will hear the cock crow. It might not be the last time you hear it in your life because we are strong like Peter and weak like Peter. We just keep going, confident we will get it right the next time. We remind ourselves that we talk about practicing our faith. Think about it. It is a good Friday to do so.