“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.” Mark 14:26-31 ESV
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:31-34 ESV
Further Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:30-35; John 13:36-38
Simon Peter – so in love with Jesus; so sure of his faith – declares he would follow Jesus to the end, even so far as to embrace death for his Friend, his Teacher, the One he knows is the Son of God.
And yet Jesus sees inside his heart, He sees where Peter will compromise – unknowingly fulfilling the warning of Jesus. Jesus tells Peter the truth, “You will deny me three times.”
I can only imagine what Peter must have felt when he heard Jesus speak those words. Something inside of him must have known it was true because they were the words spoken by the one who calls Heaven home, and yet he was so sure, positive that his faithfulness to Christ was real.
“How could it be that Jesus saw denial? How could rejection even be a possibility? Haven’t people seen me with Him? Doesn’t everyone know I am close to Him? Don’t they see the change in my life because of Him? How could I possibly deny being part of Christ?”
As we journey closer to the cross, the world demands a response – do we know Jesus? Have we spent time with Him? Are we the same? Or, have we been changed?
As we stand in the shadow of the cross, looking up to where our Savior will hang, will we stand firm in our faith? Will we declare Him as our Lord? Will others see Jesus in the way we live our life?
Jesus, help me to remain faithful when life gets tough and presses in on all sides. Help me to show Your love, grace, and mercy during the hard times. May my life be a witness of who You are and how You have made all the difference in me. Lord, help me to stand firm in my faith; help me to show You in my actions and interactions with others. Amen