Will we stand up?

by Barry Newton

Rightfully so, we denounce Judas for betraying Jesus. How could Judas be so callously crass, so profane, so small-minded as to place a financial value on his allegiance to Jesus?

Judas, however, was not the only one.

During the cool early morning hours in the high priest’s courtyard when it became clear that Jesus was in serious trouble, Peter was willing to emphatically proclaim, “I know not the man!” (Matthew 26:72,74)

Why did he do this? Presumably, to safe guard his own skin and ensure his own comfort.

Do we find it easier to denounce Judas’ actions than Peter’s? Both men, at least in one instance, valued something more than their allegiance to Christ. If we find it a little harder to criticize Peter, perhaps this is because we too feel the tug of placing value upon how people treat us.

So, what about us? Do we value anything more than our allegiance to Christ? If faced with a situation where either we could preserve a comfortable status quo or we could obey Christ and stand up for him, would we sell out Jesus?

Jesus made it clear. To be a disciple involves the way of the cross, that is, to die to self-interests in order to live for him because we place him above all other competing values in our lives (Matthew 10:37-39; 16:24-26). Given our fears and desires to be accepted, this can be a hard message to hear.

Good news! Peter was not cast off because of this one-time failure. Upon hearing that Jesus was risen, Peter joined the remaining ten apostles and traveled to Galilee where Jesus commissioned them to go and make disciples of all nations.

The following chapters of Peter’s life reveals an apostle proclaim Christ even to hostile adversaries. Peter learned to live the way of the cross. We can too!

Let’s determine that if we have stumbled by valuing something more than Christ, that we will also be like Peter. We too will stand back up and press forward to serve our Lord.

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

5 thoughts on “Will we stand up?

  1. So, what about us? Do we value anything more than our allegiance to Christ? If faced with a situation where either we could preserve a comfortable status quo or we could obey Christ and stand up for him, would we sell out Jesus?

    So..what about us? I value nothing more than my allegiance to Yeshua.. As far as a comfortable status quo..(ie: church on sunday instead of Yeshua’s true day, the Sabbath comes to mind) or could I obey the Bible and Yeshua and stand up for him, (not one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till ALL is filfulled…Matt: 5:18)..so, no , I will not sell out Yeshua.

    1. Shirely, it seems as if you’re more interested in talking about the Sabbath than any other topic. It’s the only thing I’ve ever seen you comment about.

      Do you even realize what commandments Matthew 5:19 is referring too? Honestly, I doubt seriously that you do. Do you really follow every command ever given by the prophets in the Old Testament? After all, the commandments from the prophets and “their thus says the Lord” are included in the context of Matthew 5:17-19. Please don’t ignore this fact, Shirley.

      When you prove too much about the command of the Sabbath, you prove too little when it comes to the Christians’ obligation to keep it.

      I don’t believe Barry’s article is a place to have a debate, but I wanted to say what I said so you would try to learn to take and keep things in their context.

      Take care and God bless in your studies.

      1. Eugene..you seem to lay in wait to try and contradict anything I write. That is fine..do as you please.and yes I agree I DO write a lot about the Sabbath. I believe that it is very important to YaHuWah. After all, this commandment, the ONLY one He said to REMEMBER that most every one seems to forget,seems to me to be VERY important to YaHuWaH and so it is also very important to me. If you want to follow “man’s” doctrines, which you obviously do if you go to church on sunday, than fine. But, if I can get even one person to start searching the Scriptures for themselves instead of blindly following man’s “wrong” doctrines about sunday worship, and see that it was “man” that changed it to sunday..than I know that I am following the Scripture’s. In Isaiah 66:23 YaHuWah Himself declared that ALL WILL go and worship Him on the Sabbath..not sunday or monday or any other day “man” choses. So, will you be willing at that time to explain to Him why you went to worship on sundays? So believe what you want, follow blindly along with the pied piper, insult my intelligence..with your subtle comments..you just cannot pick and choose which of the Ten Commandments you decide to follow and cast off any of the rest as not meaning anything.

  2. And..not forgetting Matt: 5:19..Whoever then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them; he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.

  3. Obviously my article addresses neither Sabbath nor Sunday practices. However, given your convictions, Shirley, I understand why you applied the principle I described to the practice of worshipping on the Sabbath.

    I would suggest the Biblical text and our earliest historical record outside of scripture reveals Christians worshipped on the first day of the week, the day on which Christ rose victoriously from the dead. For good reason, Christians quickly began calling this day, “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). In fact, in Greek as well as the Romance languages this remains the name for the first day of the week.

    At other times, as in 1 Cor. 16:2, the Jewish idiom “first of the sabbath,” meaning the first day between the Sabbaths, was used to designate the first day of the week. In this instance, Paul pragmatically instructed the Christians to contribute toward a fund on Sunday since they were already gathering together. Another early Christian designation for their day of worship was “the eighth day,” that is, the day after the Sabbath (seventh day).

    In my understanding, the context of Isaiah 66:23 describes promises to the faithful Jews regarding Jerusalem and should not be applied to Christian worship. For example, in view of both the Lord’s (Mark 7:19) and the apostles’ (Romans 14:20) teaching, Isaiah 66:17 is describing a Jewish context, not a Christian one.

    You might disagree, but a couple of other texts I understand to be relevant to this discussion include Colossians 2:16-17 and Hebrews 8:13.

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