Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about." At that very moment, the last word hardly off his lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what the Master had said to him: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." He went out and cried and cried and cried. Luke 22:61-62 (The Message)
Jesus knows his time has come. The disciples guarantee that they are there for him, that they will stick by him. Jesus picks out Peter and tells him, "Peter, you will deny me three times before the cock crows." Peter swears that that would never happen. And yet when the cock crows, their eyes meet and Peter realizes what he has done.
Just like Peter, we tell ourselves that we would never deny knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior. If only it were that easy.
Someone at work tells us some gossip that we can't wait to share. We receive a rather inappropriate e-mail. We know it's not right, but we still giggle and then we forward it to others. We're in the Wal-Mart parking lot and see a young woman struggling with packages and two small children. We turn the other way, telling ourselves that someone else will help her. If, when we turn away, we were to see Jesus' face, would we weep just like Peter?
(From now until Easter, my Sunday blog will be taken from the book of Luke, looking at the last days to the last hours of Jesus’ life on this Earth. I pray that I can share something meaningful with you.)
The picture today is another one that my daughter took while in Kenya. A young child brought this chicken to the clinic as payment for medical care. One of the women who runs the clinic promptly cut off its head and cooked it for dinner. I have pictures of that too, if you are interested.