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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 14, 2011 - Following at a Distance

By Beatrice Northcutt

“In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, ‘Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. ... But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end” (Matthew 26:55,56,58, NKJV).

Jesus had wrestled in prayer with this great trial in the Garden of Gethsemane on His face before God. He surrendered to the will of His Father to offer himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind. This was why He came to earth and His earthly work was done. The “man” part of our Lord recoiled from the pain and weight of our sins that would be placed upon Him. He prayed in the Garden, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (v. 39).

The disciples had gone with Him to the Garden, and He asked them to watch and pray with Him, for He knew His time was near; but the disciples went to sleep. Even Peter, who vowed he would never desert Him, found his eyes closing in sleep. It was Peter who Jesus addressed, saying in verse 40, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

Think of this scene. Can’t you see a reflection of God’s people in this hour in which we live? We see the signs every day of the soon return of our Lord, but we grow weary and our eyes are heavy with sleep. We say like Peter, “I’ll never desert You, Lord,” yet we end up doing just like Peter in verse 58 and “follow Him at a distance.”

Peter meant well. He didn’t forsake Jesus as the other disciples did, but he distanced himself from the association. What did Peter end up doing? Verse 72 says, “He denied with an oath, ‘I do not know the Man!’”

Oh, those of us who call ourselves Christians, are we walking close to Jesus? In this world that is denying all that is godly and pointing a finger at us saying, “Are you one of His disciples?” will you and I have prayed Gethsemane prayers and have strength to stand? This strength will not come by attending Sunday services and then going our own way. It will take “daily” agonizing prayers and hiding ourselves in His Word so we can align ourselves with godliness that others will see.

Following “at a distance” makes room for failure just as it did with Jesus’ disciple, Peter. It took the Pentecostal power of the Holy Spirit to make Peter a strong witness. Do you and I have that power?

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.



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