And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." Mark 14:30
I can't tell you how many times I've said to myself, "If only I'd known what the consequences of that action or word would be, I would do something different." Have you been there? I have kicked myself so many times thinking that I would have chosen differently if I'd only known what the repercussions of my actions would be. But after reading a passage in Mark 14, I'm wondering how much foreknowledge would have helped me.
Jesus told Peter that he would betray Him three times. You see, Jesus always knows us better than we know ourselves. Peter could not believe that he would do anything so terrible, but Jesus knew better. Fear would get the best of Peter, as it does all of us from time to time. Not only would Peter deny Jesus. He would do it three times. Even though he was told what he was going to do beforehand, he did it anyway. Sometimes a warning does prevent a bad situation, but not always. I can think of quite a few examples from my own life when I chose to sin knowing that I would reap unwelcome results.
The bottom line is this: We are all born with a sin nature. It's so natural for us to sin. That's why we need Jesus. It takes something supernatural to rescue us from the fast track to Hell. The Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death." We need to choose here and now, if we haven't, where we will spend eternity. This is the biggest choice that we make. Please choose Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so sorry for my sin, both intentional and unintentional. You forgave me, even after I sinned on purpose. You are Love, Truth, and Holiness. I bask today in what Your Son did for me. In Jesus precious name, Amen