We’ve been following the tale of Jesus before the high priest. Last we looked Jesus had been questioned by Annas and was being sent on to Caiaphas. Today we see Peter’s continued denial in John 18:25-27.
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.
Peter Denied Knowledge
Peter, courageous Peter, found “standing and warming himself“. Do you notice that? Peter stayed there, keeping an eye on things. He kept himself warm (I do wonder if he hoped to go unnoticed) because the night was cold, regardless of the reason, he was there.
A challenge came though. “You also are not one his disciples, are you?” Peter denied it, saying “I am not“.
Now Peter had cut off the ear of one of the men who came along to arrest Jesus. Jesus had healed it but one of the servants was kin to this man. He asked Peter “Did I not see in the the garden with him?”
Peter again denied it.
And then the rooster crowed.
The Rooster Crowed
Ah Peter, I can almost feel your heart break when that happened. You who promised you would never deny your Saviour. The one to whom Jesus said “before the cock crows you will deny me three times”. You did it.
Your heart must have broken when you heard the rooster. You probably weren’t even really thinking about what you were doing. Warming your hands, afraid for Jesus, afraid for yourself, wanting anonymity and not finding it.
It makes me think of how Satan wants to find ways to break our hearts. Ways we don’t expect, or that simply surprise us. Peter was caught up in things that seemed bigger than himself. He denied his Lord.
One thing we have though is the benefit of scripture. Peter becomes a stalwart in the faith. He becomes a man who won’t be caught in the same situation twice. In the end, Peter would never deny his Lord again.
What Can I Learn?
I sin. Sometimes its deliberate sin, and sometimes it’s situational sin. Regardless, it’s sin, it’s a turning away from God, it’s a denial of who he is in my life. It’s not the ending though. I need to see that.
It’s not the ending.
Sin doesn’t mean I’m stuck, permanently denying God forever. I can come back to him. I can come and be better, more stalwart in the end. Learning from my failures. and striving not to fall that way again.
It’s what Peter did. He came back. Denial of Jesus, the son of God, didn’t happen again. Steadfastness became a reality.