Matthew 26:69–75 (ESV)
Peter Denies Jesus
Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath:
“I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he
began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three
times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter is often my hero. Maybe because he sometimes speaks before he thinks, or acts before thinking.
I can relate to him. It makes me realize that even Peter was not perfect, he needed Jesus forgiveness too. In today’s reading, Peter boldly confess that he would never deny Christ, but he quickly learns that he does deny Christ three times.
Peter has good intentions, but sometimes he gets in God’s way. In today’s reading… “he went out and wept bitterly.”
O Lord, help me to be your servant, but help me to not get in your way. Amen.