The Lord Looked Straight at Peter

Reading: Luke 22:31-34 & 54-62

3“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:31-34

 Today’s Journey

Jesus predicted Peter’s denial even though Peter was confident he would remain faithful. Just as Jesus had predicted Peter denied knowing Jesus three times and then the rooster crowed. What do you think the rooster said? I know you might not speak Chickeneese, but do you think the rooster’s crow was Jesus saying, “I told you so?” After Peter’s third denial, his eyes met Jesus’ eyes across the courtyard of Caiphas the High Priest. Jesus’s eyes did not accuse, they loved Peter. The rooster’s crow was a reminder that Jesus has been praying for Peter all along.

Jesus predicted Peter’s denial, but he also promised that Peter would turn back and be an encouragement to his brothers. So, when you hear a rooster crow remember, Jesus is praying for you, and He loves you.

If we are faithless,

he will remain faithful,

for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2:13

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