Luke 22:54–62 (ESV)
Peter Denies Jesus
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant
girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are
one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not
know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today,
you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
I was watching the Waltons the other day on the TV and it was the episode where Aunt
Martha and her family were being evicted from their house and property in the mountains to make way for the new highway project. They were prepared to hold their own and fight the government. The Waltons came by for a visit right before their eviction.
Aunt Martha was all riled up and her son said they (the Waltons) need to come and join them for their stand-off... and to bring their guns. The last part of that sentence changed things. The Waltons came the next day, but they did not bring their
guns. They had already committed to support them, but when their life is on the line... that changed things. I think of Peter who said “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” There was a lot
more bark that there was bite. Peter did not live up to his words as Jesus had already predicted. In fact Jesus said that “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” Peter followed aways behind Jesus when he
was arrested and when confronted that he was one of Jesus followers, he denied it three times. The rooster called Peter on his own denial. Convicted by a rooster, Peter realizes his guilt and wept bitterly. We all know how Peter felt.
We all have been caught doing something we shouldn’t have been doing. Sometimes it brings about a loss of job, marriage, trust, or loved one. Jesus forgives! We too ought to be forgiving like Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, not only have other caught me in my sins, It is easy to forget that you see all of them. Help me when I am convicted of my sin to turn to you and repent. I am sorry for my sins and I want to do better.
Thank you for your forgiveness. Help me in my daily walk and lead me not into temptation. Amen.