The Peter syndrome is a condition that plagues all of us, sometime during our life. It is a condition that when courage is needed, it is nowhere to be found. It is just that sometimes, when the going gets tough, some turn to running. With running employing different faces depending upon the circumstances. Like the face Peter wore, when he denied knowing Jesus Christ.
It was at a time, when he may have thought that the movement Christ founded was about to be crushed. Peter had slipped into a court room to witness legal proceedings against the man he most admired and pledged to follow. There stood his leader before the justices and being ordered, either to confirm or deny whether He was, or was not the Christ, the Son of God.
Jesus replied boldly, “As you say,” with the court responding with rage, “You have spoken blasphemy!” Then with quick deliberation, they ruled, “He is guilty of death.” Then they turned and spit in his face, and beat him. Others punched him with the palms of their hands. Then they mocked him, “Saying prophesy to us, Christ! Who struck you?”
Peter, shaken to his very core after such a horrific court proceeding. And as Peter, was slipping out of court, a group of woman saw him. Shouting you were with Jesus at Galilee! No! he replied, “I have no idea what you are talking about.” But another women overhearing the shouting, said to them all, “He was with Jesus of Nazareth.” This time Peter said, “I do not know the man!”
Later Peter was approached a third time by a group of people. They stood by, and said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them; for your speech betrays you.” With that assertion of identity, Peter lost control of himself. Standing there, he began to curse and to swear, saying, “I know not the man!” Suddenly Peter remembered what Jesus had said, and he wept bitterly.
Interesting in reading the account for yourself? Go to Matthew 26:57-75. Read it in the light of John 3:8, experience the Spirit which is much like the wind. Perhaps if you know Jesus, His Spirit will work another miracle. And if you, like me, know Him, well then maybe His Spirit might have a special Christ message for you, as He had for me more than once. It’s a cumulative experience wrapped up in 2 Corinthians 5:17. Remember the Apostle Paul was in training for three years, Galatians 1:15-24; note the public reaction, Acts 9:26-31.
“Now to Him, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our Savior, who only is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever,” Jude 24-25.