Common, we all know denial is the first stage. So how bad is it really?
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” Mark 14:30 – speaking to Peter
Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept. – Mark 14:66-72
The bad news is that Peter denied Jesus. The worst news is that we do also. We sit back quietly, the “silent Christian” – and let others mock, slander, and spew insults at God. We let others use His name in vain.
We have friends that repeatedly cut down the name of God on Facebook, youtube, twitter, etc and we don’t say a word to them. We allow, permit, and sometimes even forward offensive jokes and foul language on e-mail and text messages.
Meanwhile, God is watching us. Yet, so are the ones we allow to do it. Our friends see us allow these things, yet we call ourselves Christians. We have denied God.
So, now what? Well, fortunately, there is Good News! Not just about Jesus, but about our denial of Him. That’s right, good news! You see, Denial is the first step, but there are many more! Most all experts will tell you that denial is only the first step.
The second is generally known as anger. So now that we have denied, have we progressed to being angry about it? Are we upset that we have denied God, and are we trying to throw the blame elsewhere?
The third step…Bargaining. Instead of fully surrendering to the issue at hand, one may attempt to convince himself or others that the problem is not serious and not confront it directly.
The fourth step is depression. Unfortunately this must happen as the person FULLY accepts their fault and comes to terms with the problem.
The good news is realized in step 5 when the person admits and accepts the issue but then with determination takes an active role in correcting their behavior.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them… ‘That whoever calls on the name of the LORD, Shall be saved.’ – Acts 2:14,21
Peter came full circle and became the first to speak publicly for Christ following His ascension to Heaven. Although we deny Christ today, we can admit it fully through a disciplined approach to coming to know God. Jesus accepts us as we are. We are forgiven and free. All we have to do is follow Him. We can come full circle and go from denying Him, to publicly speaking for Him.
Have you denied Him? Well, take the next step and admit it and follow Him. Don’t let the world control you. Start speaking up for Jesus! Glorify Him in everything you do.