Luke 22:60-62 (The Message) --- 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.
That scripture hit me yesterday, and I wanted to share this with you before the weekend. What was going through Peter's mind after he denied Jesus? I can only imagine what he was thinking, how he was grieving and hurt because of his choice to deny Jesus. He had been warned by Jesus that this was going to happen.
When Peter left that place, he cried. He was broken. Are we broken when we see how we missed talking about Jesus or letting others see him? Put yourself in Peter's place. If you are honest, you have been there as I have. It also amazes me that Peter was the one preaching when the Holy Spirit came. He and Jesus had a close relationship. You may know much more of his story, but this situation caught my attention. Knowing that Peter's actions left him changed reminds us that our lives will be changed as we listen to and follow Jesus.
The last few days I have been reading Luke. Finished today. As Christmas is just ahead of us, it is really Jesus' live and death that we celebrate. Yes, we celebrate his birth, but Jesus' life and death is the reason we have hope.
It is time that we are broken over our sin and come closer to God. I hope to see many of you this Sunday at The Community!