DENIAL

“I tell you the truth”, Jesus answered, “today – yes, tonight – before the cock crows twice you yourself will disown me three times”. But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you”. And all the others said the same”.

Mk 14:30, 31 NIV

A number of things stand out in the events of Holy Week and Easter. One is the calmness and courage of Jesus. Another is the hostility and enmity of the Jewish religious leaders combined with the determination of Pontius Pilate to appease them and the crowd. A third element is the weakness and lack of loyalty of Jesus’ own disciples.

It is well known, and attested, that Mark’s Gospel is a written record of Peter’s recollections of the events in Jesus’ life and ministry, and that he retold them to Mark. Thus what we read in Mark’s Gospel is an eye-witness account of those events. Peter was there, and he remembered. It is noteworthy that he recounted to Mark the events that show him, Peter, in a bad light. Mark wrote his Gospel some thirty years after the events being described. In this period, Peter had been re-instated as the leader among the disciples, after his encounter with Christ at the lakeside after Christ’s resurrection.

Many disciples of Jesus deny him in one way or another after they have pledged their loyalty to him. They can know restoration through the grace of Jesus Christ. More than that, they will often become better disciples and witnesses for Christ than they were before their lapse.

Maybe the story of Peter and his denial of Christ speak to you because you too may have denied your Lord? Follow Peter all the way through to his restoration in grace.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, forgive and make me whole.