Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.”
Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my
life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very
truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three
Have you ever let down a friend? Have you said you would be there…and didn’t show up? I have. And now as some time has passed, I don’t seem to remember what was so important at that time to abandon my friend. Forgive me.
Relationships are so easily broken when we deny and abandon our friends and family: the very people we would lay down our lives for. So why do we do it? In Peter’s case: survival, self-protection, fear. What about you: fun, better deal, possibility?
This is the human condition, my friends. As people of faith, we deny, we abandon, we disappoint, we betray.
When I consider how Peter felt, how I feel when I deny and abandon, I wish I could take it back, go back, redo. Perhaps maturity of faith and experience makes these occurrences less and less. Yet it will happen again …as I will do the vey thing I do not want to do.
Jesus accepts us and loves us anyway. On this day I consider the steps of betrayal, denial, and abandonment over this past year. I offer these confessions to Jesus, and I consider how you I will walk with Jesus in the coming year. How will you walk with Jesus in the coming year? Jesus will be there walking with you.