Maundy Thursday, April 2, 2015

At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.  Mark 14:72

In chapter 14 from the book of Mark, many pivotal events occur that lead up to the arrest of Jesus; here we find the Passover meal, Judas betrays Jesus, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and Jesus predicts the disciples’ and Peter’s denial of ever knowing him, to name just a few of the events.  Chapter 14 verse 27 states, “And Jesus said to them, You will all become deserters, for it is written.”  Peter speaks out and tells Jesus that he will never disown him.  Jesus predicts that Peter will deny him three times before the cock crows twice. That night Jesus is arrested and all the disciples desert him.  In the midst of the chaos during Jesus’ arrest, bystanders recognize Peter as one of the disciples. Fearful that he too will be drawn in to suffer with Jesus, Peter denies knowing Jesus three times.  Peter’s only thought was to escape from this chaos and flee to save his own life.  When safely alone, Peter realizes what he has done. He immediately weeps because he is in bitter shame for denying ever knowing Jesus.  Quickly, Peter turns to the Lord, seeking forgiveness.

So, here is Peter, the Rock, one of Jesus’ most devoted disciples, saying that he would never disown Jesus. And what does he do when the pressure is on?  Well, in his weakness, Peter does the very thing he said he wouldn’t do. He denied knowing Jesus, not once, but three times.

How many times in our life have we been weak to express what we believe in because we are afraid of what other people may think of us?  Or we consider ourselves to be good and faithful servants to our Lord, but we fail to help someone in need?  Sometimes we are impatient or angry with other people. We may insincerely gossip about people. We are far from being perfect, and our Lord knows this. He knows our weaknesses and imperfections. However, our Lord is merciful and he still loves us through it all!   So when we do wrong, let us quickly repent and seek God’s forgiveness.  Just as Peter did when he wept and asked God for forgiveness and it was given to him, so it will be given to us as well.

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your unending mercy and love. Help us to repent and seek your forgiveness when we fall from your grace.  Amen

Mary Kerns

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