Bible Society of South Africa

New Year – Day 4

Rule 4: Take each day as it comes.

Bible text(s)

(Mt 26.57–58, 69–75; Mk 14.53–54, 66–72; Jn 18.12–18, 25–27)

54They arrested Jesus and took him away into the house of the High Priest; and Peter followed at a distance. 55A fire had been lit in the centre of the courtyard, and Peter joined those who were sitting round it. 56When one of the servant women saw him sitting there at the fire, she looked straight at him and said, “This man too was with Jesus!”

57But Peter denied it, “Woman, I don't even know him!”

58After a little while a man noticed Peter and said, “You are one of them, too!”

But Peter answered, “Man, I am not!”

59And about an hour later another man insisted strongly, “There isn't any doubt that this man was with Jesus, because he also is a Galilean!”

60But Peter answered, “Man, I don't know what you are talking about!”

At once, while he was still speaking, a cock crowed. 61The Lord turned round and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered that the Lord had said to him, “Before the cock crows tonight, you will say three times that you do not know me.” 62Peter went out and wept bitterly.

Luke 22:54-62GNBOpen in Bible reader

Expect to experience times of doubt since faith is not a simple mathematical equation or an exact science. If at times life seems uneventful, boring or simply sad, take each day as it comes. Take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus wept, saints also sinned, and that even Peter betrayed Christ and the disciples failed Christ at the most crucial time in his life when they fled in stead of standing firm for what they believed in.

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