The coat of hiding

 

John 19 v5-7

“He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”

As a child we are taught very early on how to hide. In fact the game hide-and-seek is one of the first games we are taught.

By the time we have reached adulthood we have mastered how to hide. We use it for all kinds of settings when it is needed. We have found we can hide our emotions. We can also hide where we have failed.

Why put a coat on when you have to jump in the water to run to shore 100 yards away? It will become heavy with the water and slow you down. Unless of course that coat was Peters pathetic way of covering up. The denial was still at the forefront of his mind and Jesus has not discussed this, in fact no one has talked about it since it happened. He just carries the failure in his life.

What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God’s footsteps? They dived for cover.

The accuser will always convince you to cover up.

There are many professional Christians pretending to be what they are not.

What are people seeing today? Is it true? Eventually make-up always runs. Are you trying to fit in? Who do you want people to see? Is you not enough? Eventually if you pretend enough you forget who you really were underneath that mask.

He knows. He knew where Adam and Eve were. He knew what was going on inside Peter’s mind. He knows you and me.

 

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