“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory.” [Luke 9:26]
Every time I read the account of Peter’s denial that he knew Jesus, I feel that I am looking in a mirror. How can I condemn Peter when I pause and reflect on the times when I have disassociated myself from being in Jesus’ band of followers?
Peter’s weakness in the middle of the night is at least as serious as Judas’ betrayal. Poor Judas! He really did not do his act for monetary gain; rather it was his way of trying to force Jesus’ hand. Judas chose not to wait for God to act in the world. Zealously, he wanted someone to overthrow the Roman authority and to rule with the might of the sword – immediately! In our day, are we that much different as we view the world?
Peter, on the other hand, loved Jesus, but he could not find the courage to deal with his pressing fears. Later, he would risk everything. In this setting, he risked nothing.
Being a pastor never (totally) insulated me from fear or from acting with timidity. Depending on the setting – and calculating the risk – I, too, have disowned my tie to Jesus and His way. Lent reminds me again that I could be a better disciple. Sometimes I hear the cock crowing thrice and emotions, similar to Peter’s, overwhelm me.
Prayer: O God, help us to see ourselves in the pages of the Bible. Give us courage to stick up for Jesus. He is a wonderful Savior. Amen.