READ:  Luke 22:31-34, 54-62


“Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of You, I never will.”          Matthew 26:23



          Ever since childhood I have been an avid reader and one of my fond pastimes is to project myself into the role of the main character in a book.  I visualize myself encountering the same situations but avoiding all the mistakes in judgment or action.  No doubt, we are all prone to picturing ourselves acting nobly and wisely in all circumstances.


          However, every time I read the account of Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial and subsequent events a few days later that give lie to the courageous utterance, my heart aches, maybe because there is a little of Peter in each of us.  In my fantasy world I would never deny my Lord, but in real life my actions sometimes contradict this pledge.  It is difficult to understand our inconsistencies.  Probably it is as the Apostle Paul states, “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 (NIV)


          Did you ever notice that Jesus starts off by saying, “Simon, Simon”; his old name (v, 31) and then later used his new name, “Peter”?  Maybe it is because Jesus knew that “Simon” would revert to his old ways before he would make a real commitment to follow Christ and grow into his identity as Peter, “The Rock”?


          Is the rooster crowing in our lives, reminding us that we have gone back to our old ways?  However, like Peter, through grace we are able to start anew and hopefully become more fully committed to be counted as one of His.