“One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.” -John 19:26, 27
When I am afraid, I act most irrationally. My mind immediately goes to the worst case scenario and I panic. And panic is not the best frame of mind in which to make decisions. Apparently, I’m not along in this, and I’m glad to know I have good company. Peter, that rock of the church, acts like such a fool following Jesus’ arrest. He denies ever knowing Jesus. That is understandable- he is afraid and feels like his own life could be on the line. What doesn’t make sense is that he denies this to the man whose ear he cut off while trying to defend Jesus. If you cut off someone’s ear, don’t you think they are going to remember who you are? But Peter lies and says, no! That wasn’t me! Peter’s desperation is guiding his actions. When the rooster crows, it is a wake up call. He comes back to his senses, but the moment for courage has passed. Now it’s the moment for confession.
What is waking us up to the truth and to courage today? Thank God for whatever it is that keeps us telling the truth and walking in integrity. All of us, even Peter, need the help to stay faithful to Christ.
O Lord, please send the cock to crow for me and wake me up when I am acting foolishly instead of faithfully. Keep me from giving in to fear. Let me know you and tell others I know you in every situation. Amen.
Ask for God to show you a way you could be denying Christ. After naming it, receive Christ’s forgiveness, as Peter did.
Play hide and go seek, only the rule is that you have to hide in an obvious place. (At least obvious to you). How funny is it to play like that? Remember that every single place we are in obvious to God, we don’t ever have to cover ourselves or anything else up. God knows, and God loves, not matter where we are.