Summary: A look at the denial of the Apostle Peter.
The bigger they are the harder they fall – mark 14:26-72
One of the things that I enjoy doing is hiking or just going on walks in the woods. It’s quiet, peaceful, there is fresh air and it’s good to get a little exercise. One thing I notice in the woods is that there are a lot of fallen trees, and I have noticed again and again is that many of these tree’s tend to be very large. There just doesn’t seem to be very many small trees that have fallen over, rather the large ones. Why is that?
Well one reason is that in wet area’s the roots don’t go down very deep, they remain shallow so when a tree becomes very large and the wind blows hard the shallow roots cannot hold and the tree falls over ripping the roots right out of the ground. Another reason why many of the larger tree’s fall is because although they look strong and healthy on the outside, they have begun to rot on the inside and we’ve all heard the expression – “The bigger they are the harder they fall!”
That is a true statement.
It’s not only true with tree’s it is true with men as well, in particular godly men and their spirituality. Turn to 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 - Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
When you think your strong, when you become over confident, when you become boastful you better watch out! People often become overconfident and what goes along with that? Putting your faith in yourself as opposed to putting it in God. People become Arrogant and proud, often times they even let down their guard or they become complacent. Those things sometimes happen to those who are strong in the faith, because they think they can handle it. Beware – Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Think of the godly men in Scripture who fell Spiritually – Noah was the most righteous man on earth, he had enough faith the build the ark and yet he spent the latter years of his life given over to wine. Aaron the brother of Moses compromised and gave into the will of the people and built the golden calf. David, the man after Gods own heart was led astray by selfishness and lust.
There are many other examples but all these temptations are common to man, these are common temptations, they shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but isn’t it good that we have the assurance that God never gives us more than we can handle? We can never blame others for our own sin, the Bible teachers PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY! If you sin its because you chose to sin, God doesn’t temp us nor does he give us more than we can bear. Paul writes - but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.