From a DistanceOgba Victor
◄ Mark 14:54 ►
53They led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders, and scribes assembled.
54Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the officers to warm himself by the fire.
Verse 72Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.h Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
The bible passage talks about Peter a disciple of Christ.
After Jesus was arrested, all the disciples deserted him except Peter. He Peter had made up his mind to follow Jesus to the and wanted to see what was to become of his master even when others ran away.
For he said to Jesus “Even if others desert you, I will follow you to the end”
Despite this courageous act, despite his love for his master, he denied his master at his first test.
This was not because his love had died. It was not because he lost his courage nor did he have doubts about the Lordship of Jesus.
It was all because he had followed Jesus at a distance.
Suddenly, he started to see how evil men were. He started to forget the experiences he had with Jesus. Suddenly forgot the power of his Master and forgot the warning about denying his Master.
For he had lost his focus and fear came in, and for three times a man who once said; “Even if others desert you, I will follow you to the end” denied his master 3 good times.
If peter had followed Jesus closely, looking into his eyes, walking with him side by side even in trouble, perceiving his smell, walking close enough, He would have recalled Jesus’ warning about Denial. Fear of Jesus could have prevented him from denying Christ.
How does this apply to us. We Christians, ought to learn from this story.
Following Christ from a distance is dangerous.
The Israelites moved when the cloud moved and stopped when the cloud stopped.
In our journey, we must be at a position where we can see his eyes, smell his perfume, replace his footstep and feel him all time. When he moves; we move. When he stops; we stop. When he takes a foot up, we replace it.
For we can’t afford the Devil a chance to take away our focus.
No wonder the psalmist sang:
Close to thee…4x
All along my Pilgrims Journey, saviour help me walk with thee.
For we have been called for a close walk with Christ. Each day, at all times we must try to be close to Him.