37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (John 13:37-38 NIV)
I love Simon Peter. As I read God’s Word, and all of the stories about Peter’s life, I can easily come to the conclusion that he loved Jesus with all of his heart. When Jesus was being arrested, it is Peter who drew the sword and was ready to fight the whole army that came for his Lord. Peter was a man of faith. When the disciples saw Jesus coming towards them, walking on the Sea of Galilee, it was Peter who stepped out of the boat and began walking on water towards Jesus. I also read about a man who was unashamed of the Gospel. At Pentecost, it was Peter who preached the most powerful sermon you will ever hear. Peter was a pillar among the disciples.
At the same time that I find all of these wonderful aspects of Peter’s life, I also find another side of Peter recorded in Scripture. Peter seemed to be the disciple who was always putting his foot in his mouth. Paul called Peter out for being a hypocrite and staying away from Gentiles when the Jews were around. (Galatians 2:11) Then there was the incident that Jesus predicted in John 13. Peter denied Jesus. The One he said he was willing to die for, he denied. Not once, but three times. The last time he was asked if he was a follower of Jesus, Peter, “…began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” (Mark 14:71 NIV) Shortly thereafter the rooster crowed and Peter remembered. He remembered Jesus’ words. Words that seemed nonsensical, absurd, at the time. Peter would never, NEVER, deny his Lord. And now he had. “And he broke down and wept.” (Mark 14:72 NIV)
I think I love Peter so much because I see a lot of him in me. I love the Lord, yet I hear the rooster crow most every day.