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The Women Who Met Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valc√°rcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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Devotional Week 15, 2020 Thursday

Week 15 Thursday

April 9, 2020

 

 

“Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, ‘Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.’ But he denied before them all, saying, ‘I know not what thou sayest.’ And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, ‘This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth,’ And again he denied with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’ And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, ‘Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.’ Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, ‘I know not the man.’ And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, ‘Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”

Matthew 26: 69-75

King James Version

 

EXPLORATION

 

“Betrayed By The Company He Kept”

 

“If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

David Ottis Fuller

 

Is someone didn’t know anything about me and found out I was a Christian, what would they think about the “Christ” I claimed to represent?

 

“If a man or woman cannot be a Christian in the place where (they) are, (they) cannot be a Christian anywhere.”

Henry Ward Beecher

 

INSPIRATION
 

“If Christ lives in us, controlling our personalities, we will leave glorious marks on the lives we touch. Not because of our lovely characters, but because of His.”

Eugenia Price

 

Not long ago, a friend of my Dad’s who I hadn’t seen for a long time, came to visit and as we were talking he said, “Sometimes if I close my eyes, just the way you speak and phrase things reminds me so much of your Dad I can’t believe it.”

 

It’s truly surprising to me that years after my Dad’s death, the things he said and the way he said them are still so deeply engrained in me that others who knew him are quick to recognize the connection.

 

This is exactly what we find happening in the high priest’s palace, when Peter chose to watch the proceedings from afar. Matthew 26: 58 shares with us a very sorrowful account of the evening after Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

Obviously, unable to run away yet afraid to get too close, Jesus’ disciple, Peter, chose to “follow at a distance.” Peter wanted to be close enough to know what was going on, but not too close to get caught up in the fray himself.  And so, he thought that by “mingling with the servants” he could blend in with the crowd and somehow escape notice by the critical eyes of those who had chosen to attack the Son of God as a false prophet - and a fraud.

 

However, in Matthew 26: 73, we find these defining words, spoken by the folk Peter chose to associate with: “Thy speech bewrayeth thee.” The archaic word “bewray” is an interesting word for it means to “unintentionally disclose” information.

 

Here was Peter, trying as hard as he could to fit in, to hobnob, to socialize, in a place where he could masquerade around as someone he wasn’t. At that moment in his life, Peter wanted to wear the camouflage of one who wanted nothing more than to be “one of the crowd.”

 

But unbeknown to him, during the three-and-a-half years of his life that he had spent with Jesus - he had changed - unintentionally.  Time with Jesus had so transformed him that his speech “bewrayed” him. He couldn’t hide who he was, for his life had been infused by the presence of the “One” be followed everyday. He was betrayed by the company he kept.

 

It’s so easy during this time of year to focus on the main events that are associated with Easter activities. There’s the Lord’s Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.

 

However, the details that weave these events together, if passed over quickly and without notice, leave you and me with an incomplete picture of the impact the life and teachings of Jesus Christ had on those individuals who made a personal choice to attach themselves to Him.

 

It’s easy to stand back and look at Peter’s denial of Jesus. Three times he denied Christ when Jesus needed his support most. But let us not forget, that by choosing to follow Jesus when called, and stick by Jesus’ side everyday for three-and -a-half years, something inside Peter changed so much that even the despair of denial, the discouragement of failure and the humiliation of disappointment in himself could not drive a wedge between Peter and his “Master.”

 

Peter’s story is so much like yours and mine. How we long to be strong. We don’t want to stumble during times of distress. We long to be bold when others deny Jesus. We’re certain we’ll be fearless when others faint. Yet in our own strength, we find only weakness. And when calamity lands upon us and we are called upon, we try to mix and mingle with those who we hope won’t recognize us for the weak characters we really are.

 

How thankful you and I can be that, if like Peter, we choose to walk with Jesus day by day, that the beauty of His life will so infuse ours that His gracious compassion and gentle love will radiate from us and that those we meet will say, even in our weakest moments, “Her life bewrays the company she keeps.”

 

“My heart is full of Christ,

And longs

Its glorious matter to declare!

Of Him I make my loftier songs, 

I cannot from His praise forbear:

My ready tongue makes haste to sing

The glories of my heavenly King.”

Charles Wesley

 

AFFIRMATION

 

“Lord Jesus,

forgive us for failing You,

as even the disciples did.

Through thoughtlessness

we betray You;

through fear

we run away from You,

through cowardice

we deny You,

not wanting people to know that

we are Your followers

have mercy on us,

as You had mercy on Peter

and the others,

and when the cock crows in

our hearts and we realize

what we have done,

help us to bear Your gaze of love.”

Angela Ashwin

 

Your friend,

 

 

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author

The Women Who Met Jesus

Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

 

 

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