The Word never fails. If God (or Jesus) said it, that settles it. It WILL come to pass as He said.
John 18:17; 25-27 – Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. – And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
Three times, Jesus said, Peter would deny Him before the rooster crowed on the morning after His arrest. And right on schedule, as though planned by God, it happened. But what one must realize is that it was NOT planned by God that Peter should deny the Christ. The arrest? Yes. The crucifixion? Yes. The death, burial, and resurrection? Yes. The denial by Peter? No. Jesus spoke those words by divine revelation through the gift of the word of wisdom, arising from the foreknowledge of God.
And it is in this grand scenario that we see what is likely the greatest manifestation of love that has ever been manifest. In all things planned by God, everything pointed toward and ended in the boundless love of God for man. And even in those things not planned by God, but manifest through the choices of man, things sinful and unthinkable, worthy of death and hell, the love of God was manifest through the radical forgiveness, justification, and redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now think on this; THREE TIMES Peter denied that he had any relationship with Jesus; first to a damsel that kept the door, second to a servant of the high priest, and third to a party unnamed in our Text for Today. In Luke we read that upon the third denial, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Imagine that. Peter denied Jesus within His hearing. How close did Peter have to be at that denial? And yet, with three consecutive denials, and even being looked upon by the Lord Himself at the third, there was love and forgiveness, even for Peter. Now travel forward a few days to the meeting of Jesus and Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. In that encounter, THREE TIMES Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Three denials, three opportunities to repent and turn from the denials. The conclusion of that is this. I offer you this truth. For any transgression, Father’s love offers you opportunity to repent. The choice is your own; the moment may not be long lived. Don’t despise the crowing of the rooster. It may well be your call to awake, repent, and return to fully pleasing your Master.
Manna for Today – John 18:15-18; John 18:25-27; John 13:38; Luke 22:61
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