I love this season of Easter that we are in, because as Christians, it’s the biggest event of our faith – Jesus’s path to the cross. This time of year has me reflecting often of that week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection, that week we call Holy Week. And I think of those main events: the Last Supper, Good Friday, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection. But this week, I’ve thought mostly of Peter. I’m not sure there was another disciple so passionate about following Jesus, yet who he is so often remembered as is one who denied Jesus three times. And I wonder how many times WE deny Jesus. How many times do we skip church because we have something else to do? How many times do we participate in an activity that may not be pleasing to God, but we feel pressured by friends or don’t want to miss out on a good time? How many times do we not speak up for Jesus in fear of what others might think about us? It’s easy to point the finger at Peter and say our faith is stronger, but I dare say that Peter’s faith was as strong as a rock, after all, that is the name Jesus gave him. Though we confess in our hearts our love for Jesus, what actions of ours show our denial? Maybe we are not so unlike Peter after all.
“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 22:61-62