I’ve been reading a Bible plan following the 40 days of Jesus that leads to His crucifixion. It is so sad to read the different accounts from the gospels, and I’ve been left with lots of questions and plenty of tears. How, why, how could they? His disciples followed Him, they KNEW Him, they saw Him perform miracles, so how could they flee when the times got hard?

Matthew 26:56

56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.

The simple and short answer on why they were afraid is, they were human. Even though they had faith, they were shaken, scared, and unsure of what was happening. Jesus doesn’t seem surprised by the disciples’ abandonment; He knew that this would happen. It had been foretold in Zechariah 13:7 and needed to happen for the scriptures to be fulfilled.

7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,against the man who is close to me!”declares the Lord Almighty. “Strike the shepherd,and the sheep will be scattered,and I will turn my hand against the little ones.

It is especially interesting that they all fled, considering that Peter had just cut off an ear to try and protect Jesus.

John 18:10

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

Reading this account made me start wondering, how many times have I been like Peter? Have I been willing to draw my sword to defend the Lord that I know and love? Have I been so sure of Christ that I would cut off the ear of anyone who would try to harm him? Or, have I been like the “other” Peter, the one who chose to flee when things got tough?

That Peter chose to warm himself at the fire of the enemy. That Peter denied knowing the Lord THREE times. Three times!!! It took hearing the rooster crowing to bring him to his senses.

Luke 22:61

61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”

All of the gospels recount this story, but in Luke, we get an extra piece of information. Luke tells us that as Peter was disowning Jesus, Jesus “turned” and “looked straight” at Peter. I can imagine the flood of emotions that were coursing through Peter. The gospels all tell us that Peter wept bitterly, and I am sure Peter soon asked for forgiveness.

But, what did the “look” that Jesus gave Peter say? Did it say, “I told you so?” Maybe Jesus’s look was full of hurt and said, “how could you.” If Jesus had used either of those looks, then Peter’s reaction might have been different. Peter might have gotten angry or indigent instead of weeping bitterly. So, what did Jesus’s look convey?

Love and compassion are what I think Peter saw when he looked at Jesus. I think that Jesus tried to show through his eyes that He understood and that He said, “I know that you are weak, but I still love you.”

How many times have I denied the Lord? Maybe I haven’t denied the Lord if asked straight out if I believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. But, how many times have there been opportunities for me to speak up about the Lord, and I kept my mouth shut.

Not speaking up is a form of denial. Every time the opportunity arises to say that Jesus is your Lord and Savior publically, but you keep quiet – YOU are Peter – Listen…hear the rooster crowing?

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  1. Caroline Urban wrote:

    Hello Tania I really like your inspirational blogs& posts.Thank you,Caroline Urban

    Posted 3.30.21Reply
  2. dianeh820 wrote:

    I love your thoughts on the rooster crowing,…yesterday we were talking about if Eve had sinned, but Adam had not, where would we be then? We came up with several scenarios,…but are still left amazed at God’s G R A C E towards us,…

    Posted 3.29.21Reply
  3. Cathy Jaen wrote:

    I Just finished a 40 day virtual pilgrimage in the Holy Land – Fantastic !!
    I have trouble talking about Jesus as my Lord. So I can hear the rooster crow clearly. Thanks for sharing.
    I appreciate your Bible quotes at the end of each blog

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
  4. beth byrd wrote:

    Starting a new point in my life this week. It’s so moving that it occurs during this most holy of times. Thanks for your post today, Tania. Love your blog.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
  5. Bonnie Biles wrote:

    Tania, I am blessed and encouraged daily from your blog. Thank you for today’s message. I love the comment that Kathryn Balough shared about the angel at the tomb saying to women to share with His disciples and Peter that Jesus is risen is a good word! How often do we feel that we are not forgiven. But, by His stripes we are healed. I am so encouraged today to make this coming a week a time to focus on my Lord and His sacrifice for me. My heart is thrilled that because you made the effort of this post Tania, several of us can agree together this morning what an Awesome God we serve. The Lord has good plans for us! Happy Easter.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Bonnie, this coming week always makes me sad to think of what the Lord went through, just because of His love for us.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  6. Nanette Linder wrote:

    Blessings to you Tania,
    Thank you for this wonderful post. Luke 22:61 just grabbed at my heart and made me think of how many times God has convicted my heart in the way He looked at Peter. Very humbling to know our God’s love is that unconditional.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am sure that Jesus has given me that look many times. He has probably shouted, “don’t do it” way too many times also.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  7. Kathryn Balough wrote:

    Wonderful post Tania! I can certainly identify with Peter. I’m sure that was the lowest point in Peter’s life when that rooster crowed. Mark 16:6-7 tells of the angel’s response when the women came to the empty tomb…go tell His disciples AND Peter. Brings me to tears the incredible love of Christ that He wanted Peter to know that he was forgiven and restored.
    We serve such an Awesome God!
    Thank you for your Sunday message…love them!

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Kathryn, I agree with you. The Lord knew that Peter was probably still feeling bad about his denial. Having the women seek him out was such a special and incredible way of letting Peter know that he was loved and forgiven.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  8. Julie wrote:

    Excellent post! Thank you! Scripture is so instructional for us even today. The recounting of the crucifixtion is always so difficult to read and humbles me. Hope your Holy Week is especially meaningful for you this year!

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is very humbling to me also, Julie. I know that I was not worthy of His sacrifice! 😭

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  9. Coolie wrote:

    Great reminder.

    Thanks to Marianne for the book suggestion

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
  10. Cheryll Sampson wrote:

    How true for us all. Thanks for reminding us

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
  11. Fiona wrote:

    Good message.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked the post.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  12. Marianne McDaniel wrote:

    So thankful for God’s mercy! You might enjoy a book I read. It is historical fiction. It is call The Fisherman by Larry Huntsberger. It is the story of Jesus as told by Peter. So many times I had to remind myself that the book is fiction, but when I finished it I felt like I knew Jesus so much better.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That sounds like a great book. I love fictional stories of Jesus, and Francine Rivers has great ones too.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  13. Carolyn wrote:

    So Thankful that God’s mercy toward us reaches from eternity past to eternity future. He knows the human heart but still sent his Son to save us!!

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is so unreal that He gave His life for us!

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
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