Saturday 13 October, 2018

Matthew 26:69-75

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Such a dark moment. A dark moment in the Bible, in Peter’s life, in history.

I wonder at the anguish that Jesus felt in the garden of Gethsemane – when He sweated drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Was He thinking of this moment? When his best friend would abandon Him?

But what about me? Where do I start if I consider my sins that were heaped on Him? Peter’s darkest moment was recorded for all time but I’ve got plenty of those. It could well have been me in those pages.

I wonder if there was a greater anguish that Jesus felt. Far greater than my sin or Peter’s sin. I wonder if it was the anguish of love – that at that moment my eternity and Peter’s eternity hung in the balance – teetering between heaven and hell. Jesus would pay the price for me and for Peter  – that was certain. But would Peter choose it? Would I? Would he choose the forgiveness Jesus offers to all of us? Or would Jesus loose him forever?

Jesus, I bow before you – in repentance and faith. Through what you did – that’s the only way I can be forgiven. Thanks for loving me that much that you didn’t want to loose me forever. I choose you today.   Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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