“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” - Luke 12:8-9
An example of denial that we are most aware of was when Peter, the apostle, denied that he was a follower of the Lord Jesus. He was warming himself by a fire after Jesus had been taken as a prisoner. When he was asked about his association with Jesus, Peter denied any knowledge of Him. He went on to deny Christ twice more.
Peter, when he heard the cock crow after his third denial, recalled that Jesus had predicted his disloyalty and he acknowledged his cowardice and failure.
He did not allow this failure, which was a very serious one, stop him from becoming what Jesus wanted Him to become.
There was a complete change in Peter after his brokenness, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. He boldly confesses the Lord Jesus and after Pentecost he is continually preaching. He is not afraid to confront the people and the religious rulers, accusing them of murdering Jesus and explaining God’s plan of salvation.
Despite threats to cease preaching about Jesus, Peter and the church defies everyone. There is no way that Peter will ever be silent again about His Saviour. He gladly suffers many persecutions and eventually he died a martyr.
The world needs to know about the Lord Jesus and His redeeming love and power. They need to know about the wonderful provision of salvation and the gift of eternal life that has been provided. We need to confess Him. Do it today as the opportunity presents itself to you.
Dear Father God, in Jesus name, I ask You to help me to confess openly Jesus before others as the opportunity presents itself today.