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Distance Between Us and Our Savior

Scripture

To continue a focus on repentance, let’s consider Luke 22:60-62, “Immediately while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” 

Background & Application

I wonder how many times the rooster will crow for us today? Perhaps we won’t vehemently deny that we know Jesus, but we might make some choices that would cause Jesus to turn and look. Don’t you wonder what His expression was at that moment that evening? We might even make the same type of choices three times in a row before the conviction reaches our ears or pierces our eyes. But when it does, we must surely have a reaction. For Peter, he went and wept bitterly. Maybe you will respond differently. But responding is what is important. Verse 54 says that Peter followed at a distance. And therein lies the problem, especially in our walk with the Lord. Sin creates distance and comes because of distance. But when we repent of putting distance between us and God, of allowing ourselves to move Jesus off the throne for temporary comfort or selfish pride, we turn off of the wide and broad path that is covered with roosters ready to crow. Repenting puts us back on the straight and narrow road where Jesus is right by our side. There He doesn’t need to turn and look for us, we’re seeking Him with all our might. 

Charge

As we pray today, let’s consider what might be putting distance between us and our Savior. Let’s repent of whatever is taking our eyes off of Him. 

Rich Holt / BCWorldview.org

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