Unlimited: Affirmations of Loyalty
Apr 21, 2021 307
Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same (Mark 14:29–31, NIV).
When Jesus told his disciples that they will all fall away, his disciples can’t understand what he is talking about, and they are thrown into sadness and confusion.
Why did Jesus say these negative, and frankly shocking things all night?
As usual, it’s Peter who spoke up.
Peter was so sure of himself, wasn’t he? That was because he thought he understood God and God’s plans. Surely God’s view of things had to be the same as his. But it wasn’t.
Jesus told Peter the details of his imminent betrayal, so that as Peter reflected on it in the days to come, he would realise two important things. First of all, he needed to understand the depth of his betrayal. He would betray his Lord not once, not twice, but three times. Secondly, Peter needed to understand that Jesus knew better than he did about what needed to happen.
Peter just didn’t believe that he could ever do what Jesus says he would do. Look at Christ’s language: “today–yes, tonight…you yourself will disown me…”
Jesus set Peter up for some self-discovery and growth. It’s when the reality about ourselves meets our false illusions that we are able to grow.
Don’t just point the finger at poor Peter! Surely, we can all identify with “all the others.” “All the others” also insisted that they would never deny Jesus. It wasn’t just Peter.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Surely, you too, like Peter, have had to hear the rooster crow twice at least once in your life? The issue is, what are you going to do about it?