“The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out.” (Matthew 26:57-58 MSG)
This passage of Scripture comes right after Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane. It is also right after all the disciples, including Peter, said they would NEVER leave Him or deny Him. I want you to notice what it says about Peter.
“Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out.”
Soooooooooo many Christians today are “following Jesus at a safe distance.” They “slip in and mingle with the world” and “watch” the things of God from a distance. Folks, this is not the plan God has for us. We, as real Christians, are to be active participants in the work of God on the earth. We are to follow Jesus, totally surrendered and attentively listening at His feet; NOT observing from a safe distance. IF we ever expect to make a difference in the world we live in then people need to “know that we have been with Jesus.” Peter ended up being this way himself. “After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 God’s Word Translation)
So, how about you? Are watching Jesus from a safe distance or are you in a REALationship with Him and people can tell that YOU have been with Jesus? Today is a great day to make a change in your life if necessary. It’s time to be sold out, both for you and for those who know you. Surrender and set the example, our country and our world need an example of true Christianity more than ever.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen