Today's Reading: Mark 14
Key Verse: Mark 14:29
Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."
The INTENTIONS of JESUS were clearly revealed in His declaration that the Bread and the Wine were His Body and His Blood. His suffering and death in our place was about to take place. Nothing could turn Jesus away from this.
On the other hand, there was Peter. His INTENTIONS were great, but his actions were so very human. In the courtyard of the High Priest, Peter could not stand up to the waitresses who identified him with Jesus (Mark 14:71-72). The Bible is totally honest.
was a man of God who became one of the leaders of the early Church. His
example shows us that it is impossible to follow Jesus in our own strength.
Oh, how we need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Fifty days later, after
the Holy Spirit filled them on the Day of Pentecost, Peter was boldly proclaiming
Jesus on the streets of Jerusalem. That day, approximately 3000 people became
believers (Acts 2:41).
The Holy Spirit enabled him to carry out his INTENTIONS!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, John the Baptist said of You, "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11b). I need You, Lord Jesus, to baptize me now. I ask You for Your power to come upon me (Acts 2:4). I wait in Your presence, expecting the same outpouring of Your Spirit as on Peter and the others throughout the history of the Church. Thank You, Jesus! Amen!
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