"Get Back Up Again"Stuart Jones Peter was a part of the inner circle. He was a leader and often took on the role of spokesman for the Twelve. In the presence of Jesus, Peter was brave. “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Matthew 14:29 (NIV) When he took his eyes off the Lord, he began to sink, but Jesus rescued him. When the detachment of soldiers was sent to arrest Jesus, Peter, “who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant,” and Jesus commanded him to put away the sword. Here again Peter demonstrated his courage as he bravely challenged the soldiers. Peter boasted to Jesus that he would never deny Him, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” But Jesus responded saying to Peter, “…you will disown me three times.” Yet Peter professed his dedication more emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Matthew 26:33-35 (NIV) Peter was courageous and bold while with Jesus. Peter did deny Jesus three times. His courage and bravery escaped him; he folded in the face of possible punishment and imprisonment. The story does not end with Peter’s denial of Jesus. Peter made a comeback! Peter was the main speaker on the day of Pentecost, “and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41 (NIV) Even arrest, beatings, and threats of death did not stifle Peter’s devotion to preaching about the risen Savior. Acts 5 (NIV) Peter’s acknowledgement and acceptance of the Holy Spirit delivered his comeback and returned him to the role of a leader. That same Holy Spirit seeks to lead your life.