Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake." Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times. John 13:37-38

We all hope we would be faithful to the Lord when faced with a decision to be otherwise. After all, we love the Lord and would never think of denying him. We know Peter believed that. He loved the Lord, and along with James and John was one of the three disciples closest to Jesus. He was bold and sure about so many things, including his faith. He was so certain of his faith, he proclaimed to Jesus that he would follow him to the death. Jesus, knowing what the next few hours would hold in store, tells Peter that he will deny him three times before sunrise.

Maybe we wonder how Peter felt when Jesus told him that. Perhaps he thought, "He must be wrong 'this' time." Jesus wasn't wrong. Peter went on to deny the Lord when confronted by a mere servant girl. He went on to deny the Lord two more times. Then ... the rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the words Jesus spoke to him. Maybe we wonder how Peter felt then. Well, maybe we don't wonder completely, for we too have denied him.

Lord Jesus, we want to be your faithful followers. But like Peter, we deny you at times. Sometimes we deny you by what we do, other times by what we don't do. Maybe it is by the things we say, or don't say. Perhaps it is just an unbecoming attitude that seems to declare to the world around us, "I don't know him!" Forgive us, Lord, for those times we have denied you. Fashion our hearts in faithfulness. May we ever be true to you, our Lord and Savior, who loved us all the way to the cross, and who continues to love us eternally. Amen.

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