And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. Mark 14:27-29
As Jesus predicted, once the Shepherd was removed the sheep were scattered. Even though Christ is still with us, the sheep are still scattered today. We see over 40,000 different Christian denominations, we see even a lot of Christians not even gathering together anymore. The sheep have been scattered, it’s time to listen to the voice of the Great Shepherd and come back home to the flock!
One man who said he would never flee is Peter, yet Jesus prophesied to him , not only will he flee, but he will also deny Christ three times. Peter believed his faith was strong and he would never deny The Lord, however when his life was on the line his faith failed him. I’m sure we can relate to Peter at times, I’m sure there was a time when our faith failed Jesus. Its good to know our Lord is merciful and loving!
And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. Mark 14:30-31
The night Jesus was arrested, Peter denied him three times as predicted. At that moment Peter felt like his life was over. He failed The Lord and he could never be redeemed again. However after Christ was Risen, he came looking for Peter and told him to “Feed His Sheep”! Jesus not only forgave Peter but gave him a calling!
Eventually Peter did lay down his life for The Lord, as he was crucified upside down on a cross for preaching the name of Jesus. Let Peter be an example for us all, that we are not perfect and even if we fail The Lord, its not over until God says its over! Feed The Sheep in Jesus name Amen!