Pastor Stephen Dedman

To Die With Christ

“Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
Matthew 26:35

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The cleansing of the temple. The teaching and the miracles. All displayed Jesus’ power. The faith of the disciples soared to high levels. Everything was looking good and going as planned. The Passover was to be celebrated with great anticipation.

The Passover meal was prepared. It was just the twelve disciples and Jesus, all in the upper room. Over and over, He reiterated His love for them, even kneeling before them to wash their feet. Their hearts were humbled. Their minds were concentrated on their Master. It was a time of celebration and reflection.

They knew Jesus was the Messiah and nothing could stop Him from bringing power back to the Jews. Or so they thought. They were bold and confident. Peter boldly stated, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” (Luke 22:33) Jesus was proud to hear such boldness and courage.

This reminds us of the times when our faith is so strong we could face any opposition and suppression and boldly proclaim our trust in our Lord. We stand tall and proud knowing that nothing can stand between us and the mighty hand of God. It’s times such as these that our faith pushes us to do things we normally wouldn’t do. It’s faith in Jesus that allows us to stand with courage and speak boldly like Peter. “I am willing to die for Christ!”

But when darkness weighs heavily in our life and the tests and trials trouble our hearts, we often fail. By daybreak Peter swore he’d never heard of Jesus. What happened to the boldness and confidence? Where are the great promises of God? Where’s the great faith? We thought everything was going our way and according to our plan. And at that moment we realize that our pride and arrogance quenched the presence and power of God.

Lord, reveal to me if my pride is keeping me from experiencing Your presence and power. Forgive me of my arrogance and allow me to be filled with Your grace.