The Rooster crows
Mark 14:72 -
And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
The term cockerel or cock is actually a term used for a young rooster of about a year. The rooster usually sits at a height of 4 to 5 feet and keeps a watch on his flock and crows in a particular way to alert of any imminent danger.
In today's message after Simon Peter denied Jesus thrice the young rooster crew. We need to understand Simon Peter was given a limit to the number of times he could make mistakes or fail the Lord, after that he was given a warning to turn back. Simon Peter realized from the warning and repented for failing the Lord; he did not like Judas lose all hope and kill himself, but he took courage and turned back to the Lord and led the flock with great passion and courage.
In the beginning the Lord allowed sin to come into the life of man to make him built resistance to sin like how polio vaccination builds a child’s resistant to the polio virus. The vaccination actually contains the virus in very mild dose. The immune system which God has given man helps man to overcome the virus called sin which bought death. The immune system is made of His Word and His Spirit.
God wants to build His people so that they resist the greater things beyond earth. Understand Satan and fallen angels before they fell were at spiritual levels beyond our imagination and yet they fell to evil and caused darkness. God wants to completely eradicate darkness through us. He could have done it by His one word but He wants us to be part of His glory, to share the victory with Him.
Although God has allowed sin, He has also kept a limit to sin growing in man. He will never allow sin to grow such an extent it completely destroys man. God has given us the ability through His Word and Spirit to overcome every temptation and evil we face today. But when the limits set by Him in our lives are reached He sounds the alarm. Now it is our choice to heed to the alarm like Simon Peter and repent or be like Judas hard in heart and go ahead and do what we are doing.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, in your wisdom and greatness of your heart You have allowed man to fall so that by your sacrifice and our testimony in You we become overcomers and victorious. Lord, You did not make us to perish like Judas but like Simon Peter to lead your flock and bring them to You. Lord, help us realize this alarm You are sounding through the world events and help us bring a change in heart not only ourselves but also in your Church so that your glory fill your people...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
60 But Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said unto him, Before the cock crow this day thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And he went out, and wept bitterly.
1 John 3:8-9
8 he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.
1 Corinthians 15:53-57
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:
57 but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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