“Every one of us here is a witness to it.” Acts 2:33
Peter spoke up to a group of fellow Israelites about how they had crucified and killed Jesus. I imagine Peter was still trying to digest the disgust he must have felt about the days leading up to the death of Jesus when he denied knowing Jesus–not only one time, but three times. Should those in the crowd have known of his denial, they may have considered him to be hypocritical.
I believe Peter was chosen to be a disciple because of his vulnerability. He loved Jesus more than life, yet his human side denied Jesus, to save his own hide. I feel as if I personally relate more to Peter than the other disciples.
Recently, I had a phone call from a woman from my church who is seeking “no” votes on a proposition being presented at a special congregational meeting. I listened to her while the whole time I knew if I were to vote, I would vote “yes.” Instead of being straight with her, I said, “I have a house full of company and don’t think I can make it.” The meeting will last 15 minutes. I think I could find time to attend. The fact is that it is easier to abstain than to stand up for what I believe.
So, how am I different than Peter?
Lord, give me strength to stand up for what I believe. Amen.