April 8 | Luke 22:60-62
“But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” And immediately while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed, Then the Lord turned around and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the Lord’s word which he spoke to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” So he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:60–62)
In the midst of the moment, emotions swirling all around, you get caught up in it. You forget the reason you’re even in the argument. But it’s too late to remember. You’re in the fight for your life, and you don’t want to lose.
Peter was fighting for his life when he denied Jesus three times. If they would’ve connected him to Jesus, he would have died with him. They were trying to pin Jesus as an insurrectionist, and Peter was one of his disciples.
Earlier that night he said he was ready to die with Jesus. But in the heat of the moment, he chose to live instead. It was in that final moment, that third denial, that he heard the rooster crow. More than the realization of what he had done, he locked eyes with Jesus and was exposed.
Jesus had predicted his denials. I doubt Jesus looked at him with a, “I told you so” glance. It’s most likely Jesus looked at him with eyes of love. Even in Peter’s denials, Jesus loved him. Even when you mess up, Jesus loves you. Even when you spit in his face, he forgives you.
Action Step: Thank the Lord for his forgiving nature and loving kindness. Don’t give into the thoughts in your head. Jesus loves you despite your sins and mistakes. Get up, brush yourself off, and walk with him again.
Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness. I know I still mess up and turn to the right and left on the road. But I want to walk the straight and narrow with you. You give me more grace than I deserve.