Read John 17-18
Highlight: John 18:25-27
Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.”
One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
Denial. We all have done it. I think this verse is to remind us of our own human nature. How many times have we been caught red-handed and someone calls us on the carpet? Did you do this? “No, I didn’t!” When yes, in fact, we really did do it.
Good news! Jesus knows our human nature too. He predicted Simon Peter’s denial even before Simon Peter could have known the situation would arise. Jesus warned Peter to be ready for the denial, and still Simon Peter denied anyway.
How many times has this happened to us? Jesus knows our faults, our denials and he can predict our shortcomings. Still he loves us and forgives us for all of these things. Sometimes he warns us and we still fall short. But his love continues to flow over us.
Jesus, thank you for your continued love even through our shortcomings, faults and denials. Help us to recognize these situations and heed your warnings. And when we don’t, thank you for your forgiveness and overflowing love. Amen.