But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” Mark 14:71
Our beloved Peter, the one Jesus renamed from Simon to Cephas which means Rock. For symbolically Jesus was beginning to build his “Church” upon. The one who told Jesus he would never leave him and would even lay down his life for him.
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Peter who gave up everything to follow Jesus, now denied Christ three times among everyone. What happened? The fear of losing his life, the fear of the persecution he would face if he declared that Jesus is his Lord!
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he began to weep. Mark 14:72
Peter remembered Jesus predicted this and wept bitterly. Peter is so ashamed of himself, how could he betray his Lord like this! Peter goes into hiding during the whole trial and crucifixion of Christ. Peter has given up hope because he feels like he failed God
Don’t we feel like Peter sometimes? Don’t we feel like we let Jesus down sometimes? Do we go into hiding because of our spiritual failures? Learn how Jesus reacted to Peter
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:17
After Jesus was resurrected he came back looking for Peter. And he asked Peter 3 Times “Do you Love Me?” Peter persistently insisted “Yes Jesus I Love You” then Jesus told him to “Feed His Sheep”! Meaning be “The Rock” Jesus called you to be and preach the gospel
Our Love with the Lord is not a shallow Love, he wont leave or forsake us even when we fail, there is no greater love than Jesus Amen!
Thanks for the thoughts. I liked how you tied the betrayal together with the interaction between Jesus and Peter after he came back.
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Indeed. The greatest love story the world has ever known. Thank you.
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Amen God bless you!