by Robert Brock
Peter’s Empty Boast
“Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples,” Matthew 26:33-35.
Two thousand years later on the other side of the cross, we see Peter’s brag as empty. However, when it was proclaimed, it was sincere to Peter. This was a public proclamation of Peter’s faith in the Lord, even though he did not understand the vanity in his boast. Noteworthy, all the other apostles swore they too would die for him, when in all actuality, Jesus would die for them. The entire passage has a prophetic ring. The Good Shepherd would die for His sheep, and they would scatter. However, after the crucifixion and all His resurrection appearances, they actually did die for Him. By that time, their testi-mony was sincere. The death of the saints has always been the seed of the churches. When one was martyred, a thousand stepped up and laid their lives on the line. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.…Nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).
THOUGHT: They were disciples indeed. How sincere is our faith?