The Boasting of the Disciples

Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.  But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.  Likewise also said all the disciples.

Matthew 26:31-35

Peter often gets ridiculed for his mouth and his propensity to say ridiculous things, and this case is no different.  When Jesus told the disciples that they would be “offended because of me,” Peter said that even if everyone else was offended, he would never be and that, if necessary, he would die with Jesus.

We all know the story of what happened to Peter that night.  He did indeed deny the Lord Jesus three times and he didn’t even realize it until hearing the cock crow and seeing Jesus.  We like to pile on to Peter for his boasting, but I had never really looked at the end of verse 35: “Likewise also said all the disciples.”

It wasn’t just Peter who boasted of staying beside the Lord.  He wasn’t the only one who said that he would never be “scattered.”  They all said the same thing.  And they were all wrong.

One of the lessons we can take from this passage is to watch out for boasting.  We have a tendency to boast (sometimes only to ourselves) about our devotion to the Lord.  We would never be offended because of Him!  But we had better watch our hearts, and we had better make sure that we keep our eyes on Him instead of on our own devotion to Him.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! A good point!

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  2. Ben, I think I had missed that, that all the disciples agreed. No one wants to stand out as saying . . .Lord, I’m not so sure I’ll be able to do this! Thank you for that wonderful insight, about staying focused on Him and not my own devotion to Him! God bless you!

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