Jesus predicts the future.
In Mathew, we are told yet another story that shows us that Jesus is not just a prophet, or a good man or any other puny title like that, He is in fact God in human form, and from this text (just one of many) I will endeavor to show you my reasoning, not that I am implying that one can reason or figure out God, but rather that we can see in the actions and person of Jesus, God himself, all knowing, all powerful, almighty.
Matthew 26:33-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And so said all the disciples,Then later on in the chapter we see that Exactly what Jesus had predicted came true, to the very word.
Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly
69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow
also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”
73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately
a rooster crowed.
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.
Oh, how awful, to deny Christ, just how worthless must Peter be feeling when this happens? and the pain of remembering the voice of Jesus saying “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times” the depth of despair that Peter must have felt, the awful shame and immense pain of knowing that you denied the Lord. No wonder he wept bitterly.
Jesus re-instates Peter
Mercifully for Peter, Jesus, after he had been killed on the cross, and three days later arose from the dead, found Peter and asked him three times, Peter, do you love me?
Before this happened Peter had been out all night fishing and had caught nothing, now when he approached the shore, he saw someone standing on the beach with a small fire glowing beside Him, was it Jesus? those with Peter in the boat were pretty sure that it was, but no one dared ask, then Jesus shows them yet another miracle!
Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
We read in John 21
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
It would appear that just as Peter denied the Lord three times that Jesus affirmed three times that Peter truly did love Him.
Does any of this prove that Jesus is God? maybe, maybe not, but what it does prove is that Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him, not only that, but that Peter would deny Him three times. There are so many examples of Jesus doing and saying things that make it almost impossible for anyone to deny that there is something very special about Jesus.
Saying that He is a wise man, a prophet, a magician, a conjurer or any other name that one may call Him, just does not cut the mustard, The very fact that of His Miraculous birth, His amazing life, and his tortuous death and ultimate resurrection from the grave, this is what prove to us that Jesus is God.
So, let’s have a brief recap here, from that awful night when Christ was betrayed, Jesus tells Peter in no uncertain terms that “this very night you will deny me” then we skip through the most amazing thing that ever happened, Jesus is raised from the dead, and because of that very fact, we all are able to live forever too, though not all will accept His free offer.
Moving along some days later Jesus tracks down Peter to have breakfast with him, but, oh no, the fishermen have no fish, So Jesus whips up a quick impromptu miracle and provides the fish for them. This is the stuff of God, this is no mere coincidence, off chance mishap, no, this is the very God of creation at work, who can deny it?
Till next time.