Didn't I tell you?
Luke 22: 61 -
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Jesus had prophesized about 2 persons close to Him, one was Peter and the other Judas.
In the case of Judas, Jesus referred to him as 'son of utter destruction' symbolizing 'son of Satan'. When Judas was under temptation Jesus instead of giving him relief, told him to quickly do what he was set out to do. Even before that Jesus did not prevent Judas from nurturing greed in him but allowed him to hold on to the money bag of the group. We all know what happened to Judas, after he betrayed Jesus, he did feel sorry for doing it but not turning back to the Lord he ended his life by hanging from a tree.
But in the case of Simon Peter we see Jesus did help Peter many a times to overcome his weaknesses. Even during the time of Peter's denials, Jesus not only warn him before hand but chose to be there at that moment to give him that look which must have churned the stomach of Peter inside out. But Jesus knew that Peter would not be helpless but will repenting and turn back to the Lord. After Jesus resurrected He did once again address this issue with Peter.
There are many prophesies in the Bible especially with the churches of God. Some would be like Judas and some would be like Peter. Being close to Jesus yet they will deny the Lord Jesus Christ, what matters is, will they repent and turn back to the Lord or be sons of utter destruction?
Any church that glorifies man and not the Lord alone is denying Lord Jesus Christ. Like idol worship or human worship. Any church that pollutes God's Word with human understanding is denying Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Word made flesh.
If the Word is convicting you for what you are doing, it is like Jesus looking at you like He did to Peter and saying 'didn't I tell you, you will deny Me'.
Let us be like Peter and not Judas. Let us repent for what we have done and turn to Jesus Christ alone and stop following man or the understandings of man.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You wrote in your Word all things which are important for human kind from generations to the end of mankind. You not only showed us the way to You but also warned of the deceit and deceiving ways of the deceiver. Lord, help us to surrender to You by surrendering to your Word and not like Judas be sons of utter destruction...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition [utter destruction]; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
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