Mark 14:27-31; 66-72 (NIV) 27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. 66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. 68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. 69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Realizing You Got it Wrong As a man, one of the hardest things to say is, “I am wrong.” My question is, why so? Pride is definitely a part of this equation, but no one feels good when they realize they got it wrong. The “it” in this equation could be anything. It can be getting an answer wrong on a test, getting the wrong kind of gift for someone, giving someone wrong advice, or trying to argue a fact that is wrong. Even the word “wrong” starts to feel funny when you say it too much. So what happens when you realize you got something wrong or made a mistake when it comes to life and faith? In our walk with Christ, we are going to get some things wrong (it happens), but what does Jesus do when we realize we did something wrong? Out of all the events that happened on Thursday between the Lord’s Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus being arrested, and Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Peter gets it wrong. When Jesus tells his disciples they will scatter when He is arrested, Peter speaks up to say, “Even if all fall away, I will not” (Mark 14:29). Jesus then tells Peter that he will deny Him before Friday morning. Later on in the day, we see Peter deny Jesus three times, just as Jesus said. Other Gospel writers add that Jesus looked at Peter in the eye following the denials. But before Peter even denies Jesus, what does Jesus tell his disciples? After telling them they will scatter at His arrest, Jesus says, “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee” (Mark 14:28). In other words, I will not abandon you. There will be times in our walk with Chris that we will realize we got it wrong. Even when this happens, you must remember, Christ has promised to never abandon you. He will never leave you, and just as it was with Peter, there will be forgiveness. We must not fear mistakes we may make; instead, you and I can be encouraged and increase our faith in knowing that, when we get it wrong, Jesus stays with us.