Are we listening?

Mark 14:27-31

 On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

‘God will strike the Shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered.’

 But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

We often focus on Peter, but they all said they would not deny Him.  Earlier God had said, “Listen to Him.”  Jesus is warning them, and has a follow-up message.  They are quick to object.  How often do we jump in to object and miss listening to the whole message?  Learning to listen is difficult.  We get in the way.  Peter and the others had good intentions but did not hear the full prophecy.  They were not being reprimanded, they were being informed.  Jesus points out the prophecy that will be fulfilled.  But He didn’t leave it there.  He told them what to do afterwards.

 Their own concept of Jesus and His kingdom blocked their hearing and vision.  Sometimes our own ideas get in the way of God’s message to us.  We now know that Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary for our salvation.  The take away here – confirmation that what God says is true, He is who He says He is, He does what He says He does, we are who He says we are and now through Christ, we can do what He says we can do.  Let’s clear our minds of self and fill them with Him through His Word.  God’s Word is alive and active…

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