FRIDAY, MARCH 23
“But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.”
LUKE 22:60-62 ESV
RUNNING FROM THE TRUTH: BUSTED
Every spring we are hit with the cruel reality of Daylight Savings time. And we spring forward by setting our clocks ahead one hour. For those of us who are not morning people, the alarm clock on that first Monday morning of daylights savings time might as well be the sound of a freight train coming through our bedroom. For those of us with small children, we wish someone would help them get the concept of a time change because their confused sleep patterns are frustrating. And who knows how a farmer gets his roosters to understand Daylight Savings time?
Undoubtedly, Peter never forgot the sound of the rooster and the look in Jesus’ eyes when he failed a third time. Peter was busted. In Luke 22, “a rooster’s crow announced the dawn. This dawn was not the sunrise, still hours away, but the dawn of Peter’s realization of what he had done. Like the first rays of the sun slicing through the night’s darkness, Peter awakened to his sin and its gravity. It cut him to the core of his being, and he went out and wept bitterly. And with those tears, the rehabilitation of Simon Peter began.” (Sam McCormick)
All of us can remember the feeling of being busted. We know the feeling of letting friends and family down. We know the feeling of failing God, again and again. Jesus wasn’t surprised by Peter’s failure and He’s not surprised by ours. Jesus came to die for our failures and He is praying for us. In Luke 22:31-32 Jesus told Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Jesus had a plan to use Peter’s failure and He has a plan to use ours. Jesus would later fully restore Peter and commission Him to go and encourage others. If you are a Christian, you know the feeling of failing and the feeling of God’s unconditional grace. Thank God for that grace. Ask God to strengthen your faith and to use you to encourage someone else who has been busted to turn to Jesus for forgiveness.