26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
Peter has walked with Jesus for years at this point. He has known him personally, learned about him, been taught all about God and heaven and the scriptures, all directly from Christ. Peter has always been self, confident, a natural leader. But he is about to learn something about himself and Jesus knows it. “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times”
I am a lot like Peter. Although I have walked faithfully with Christ for a long time and I am in a position of leadership amongst other followers of Christ, there are times where I fall well short of my own standard for where my faith should be.
Thank you Lord, that your Holy Book isn’t a collection of truisms or nice teachings, but contains historical facts about real people and how you engage with them. Thank you that you continued to walk with Peter and continued to put him back on his feet each time he fell. May I be like him so that I can continue always to grow in what you have called me to do!
Written by Ps. Justin Ware