Joyous Acknowledgment

It was in the early hours of the morning, while Jesus was being examined before Caiaphas, the high priest, that Peter, who had followed the Master at a discreet distance, was confronted by a woman outside the palace, who said, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee." "But," we are "told, "he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them.... Then began he to curse and to swear, saying. I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice." And Peter "went out, and wept bitterly."

Who that has read this account of Peter's denial of the Christ (Matt. 26:69-75) has not been inclined to weep with Peter? How easily we can detect the mesmerism of fear which led him to repudiate all that he had witnessed in the short but full years of Jesus' ministry—the sick who were healed, the blind who were made to see, the lame who leaped and walked, the poor in spirit and hungry of heart to whom was given the bread of Life, the gospel of Christianity! Yet, these arguments which so many centuries ago caused Peter temporarily to disclaim any connection with the Christ or the Christian religion are just as active today as they were then in opposing and denouncing the Christ, Truth, and its healing ministry.

Business as Usual
July 7, 1945

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