The arrest and trial of Jesus had his followers in a state of confusion. How did they respond?
Station 4 – Peter Denies Jesus Three Times
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 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.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 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. (Mark 14:66-72 NIV)
As you can read, Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends denied even knowing the man.
He was afraid he would be arrested to. He was confused. Anxiety gripped him.
And you know what? I’m not going to say much more about this particular part of the biblical narrative.
I’m not going to pontificate and go into any deep explanation. I’m certainly not going to analyze Peter’s actions.
Why? Because I’m Peter.
We are all Peter.
Don’t deny it. We all have it in us to do exactly what Peter did. Most of us probably already have.
What’s amazing is grace…
God’s grace is amazing and can look past our cowardice. And grace allows us, despite our frailties and our weaknesses, to still be put to good use for the kingdom.
So despite the numerous sermons I’ve heard that are so critical of Peter, despite the judgment cast his way, I don’t see this story as something negative.
I see Hope in this event. Every time I fail Him, this story gives me Hope.