31 “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.” 33 Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
How easy it is to lose attention to what’s important. Opposition to the intentions of the commonwealth of peace and justice continues. Whenever the spotlight is on God, all the followers of God are being tested as well. The hope and prayer is that we may remain steadfast. Like Peter, we tend to respond,” Prison… death… bring it on! I am ready.” Yeshua rejoins, “Don’t be so sure of yourself. I suspect that, when you are put to the test, you will deny association with me — multiple times.” And we do!