Peter Disowns Jesus
66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. 68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. 69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
It must been hard for Jesus to face the constant bombardment from those who were opposed to him but I believe it would have been harder for him to deal with the betrayal of his disciples, his friends. Judas betrayed him to the authorities but Peter, one of the three that spent so much time with him did not deny him once but three times…Imagine Peter’s feeling of disgust with himself.
Lord, it is wonderful to feel the moments of joy that we find in scripture but we cannot count the cost until we deal with the sorrow leading up to and in the cross. May we not take lightly the cost and may we be willing to pay the cost, to know the moments of joy and sorrow and by them grow in all that you call us to be in Jesus Christ. Amen.