When I see a rooster, I think of denial; denial of sleep! We recently spent some time out in the countryside of the Bas Rhin of Alsace. The rolling green hills were beautiful and I even enjoyed the baaing of the sheep next door. But what I did not appreciate was the noisy roosters! It was barely light out before they would start their sleep-denying racket. There was certainly no need for an alarm clock!
Our verse for today also associates the rooster with denial. Jesus tells Peter that he will deny Him. I am sure Peter was shocked to hear this, especially after confidently declaring his commitment to Jesus. But the Lord knew as well that Peter would turn back to Him (verse 32) and because of this experience, he would be able to strengthen his brothers in Christ.
God’s grace is so surprising! Jesus, after His resurrection, gave Peter three opportunities to again declare his love for Him (John 21:17). The Lord did not need to hear it so much as Peter needed to say it! The guilt from that denial could have destroyed Peter and the chance to serve Him. As it is, God’s grace covered that denial as it does for all repented sin. Peter goes on to become a force for God’s Kingdom!
I am so grateful that Jesus uses imperfect people! If not, where would we be? After failing the Lord, Peter could move on. After David’s sin with Bathsheba, he could move on. After being responsible for the death of Christians, Paul could move on. After my sin, I can move on!
There is no denying it; His grace is amazing! Thank you, Lord.
Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.