Mark – The Facts.
There is phrase going around that says, “If at first you don’t succeed, then do it the way your mother told you to do it.” I smile every time I see it, because it is mostly true if you had a meticulous, detailed mom like mine. Knowing God’s Word well, she gave us warnings of what might happen if we live certain ways. She knew the consequences that some behaviors would lead to because she had lived life ahead of me. She also had a hard time refraining from saying, “I told you so…” but it was followed up with a better plan and a way out of the situation in which I had fallen into at the time. So, was she a magician or a prophet because things would turn out exactly like she said it would? No, she was a mom who knew Christ and knew the benefits of living for Him. She also knew the consequences if we did not.
Jesus tells passionate, bold Peter he will deny Him when three times. Jesus is specific. Jesus knows Peter from the inside out.
Jesus loves Peter. Peter thinks he won’t but he does deny Him.
When placed in a terrifying situation of seeing his Friend and Master taken away to be slapped around, chained and belittled with false accusations, he cannot look away. He must get as close as possible without being taken and hurt himself. When they begin to recognize him by his clothing and speech, he is terrified and declares, “I don’t know Him, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”, with the same passion and boldness that is Peter, but said with fear. Peter denies Christ three times just as Jesus said he would. Peter immediately remembers. Jesus does not have say, “I told you so…” Peter collapses in tears.
Let’s jump ahead a bit. Peter is not mentioned again until news of the resurrection is discovered by the women who have come to tend to his body. The body isn’t there. An angel gives the women the good news of Jesus resurrection. He also tells them, specifically, “Tell his disciples AND PETER that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
Peter is mentioned specifically. Peter is already forgiven, but Peter needs to know that. We don’t read, “I told you so”…we read only of forgiveness and the command to tell others they can be forgiven. Wow. Let us refrain from saying, I told you so. Instead, point to Christ who forgives and restores.
Mark 14, The Message
The Rooster Crowed
66-67 While all this was going on, Peter was down in the courtyard. One of the Chief Priest’s servant girls came in and, seeing Peter warming himself there, looked hard at him and said, “You were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
68 He denied it: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He went out on the porch. A rooster crowed.
69-70 The girl spotted him and began telling the people standing around, “He’s one of them.” He denied it again.
After a little while, the bystanders brought it up again. “You’ve got to be one of them. You’ve got ‘Galilean’ written all over you.”
71-72 Now Peter got really nervous and swore, “I never laid eyes on this man you’re talking about.” Just then the rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered how Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows twice, you’ll deny me three times.” He collapsed in tears.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for forgetting our sin when we repent. Thank you for restoring us, healing us and sending us back into the world to tell others.
In Jesus Name, Amen