In this touching story, with its many details, a human picture is painted of people huddled around a fire for warmth on a cold night (18). Of course, it was cold in more ways than one. Jesus was treated frostily by callous people who were just determined to nail Him.
I was thinking that this world has a ‘fire’ and it offers ‘warmth’ amid the chill of our lives. It not only offers it; it does give off a certain ‘heat’. I am certainly not denying that the world can supply a form of pleasure. But it is hollow. It is empty. It doesn’t satisfy and it doesn’t last. It may warm you for a moment, and then you will realise you are cold again.
It is no place for a disciple of Christ – to be by the world’s fire. And you may be more likely to deny your Lord there.
Thought: are you ready to be questioned about your relationship to Jesus this week? Peter later wrote: ”Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Was he remembering his experience in the courtyard, I wonder?
Prayer: Lord help me to be ‘ever ready’ to say that I’m one of your band of followers.