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Be Honest in Knowing About Jesus

Let your honesty with and about Jesus be where you begin your day of faith, free of fear and denial.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:71, ” Then he began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know this Man of whom you speak.’ “

Background

Bobby Jones was a lawyer by profession, but to most he is remembered as a golfer and the designer of the Augusta National Golf Club. As a 21 year-old, he won his first U.S. Open. Jones went on to win four U.S. Open titles, three British Opens, as well as six U.S Amateur championships before he retired from golf, still an amateur, at the ripe old age of 28. But his short playing career did not prevent him from being considered as one of the best golfers of all time. Early in his career, Jack Nicklaus, the best golfer in history, called Bobby Jones, ” the greatest golfer who ever lived. ” And setting that as his benchmark, Nicklaus eventually eclipsed the greatness that Jones had achieved. In fact, after Nicklaus won his fourth major championship at 25, the 1965 Masters, Jones remarked, ” Nicklaus plays a game with which I am not familiar. ” They both played the same game of trying to hit a little white ball into a four and one-quarter inch hole, but Nicklaus’ power and skill and aggression were revolutionary.

Application

While Jesus was on trial, Peter hung out in the courtyard below. As he kept warm by the fire, others began to recognize and accuse him of belonging with Jesus. Eventually the accusations escalated, and Peter responded yet more emphatically, cursing and then swearing that he did not know the Man of whom they spoke. I, and I think most of us, had always considered Peter to be lying when he denied knowing the Savior. I mean, He had spent three years as His closest disciple. But maybe it was that night when Peter spoke his most heartfelt truth. Maybe it was then that Peter realized that he really didn’t know Jesus, that the faith and love and sacrifices that Jesus spoke of had not reached him like it should have. Perhaps it was this denial in the midst of fear that eventually led him to know and believe and proclaim Jesus like no other. So I ask, how well do you know this Man? Which parts of your days and nights and weekends speak the most truth about your relationship with Jesus?

Charge

As we seek Him today, let your honesty with and about Jesus be where you begin your day of faith, free of fear and denial.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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