Station – 4, Jesus is denied by Peter

Station 4
Jesus is denied by Peter*

Think about His love …
Think about His grace that’s brought us through
…  So great is the measure of our father’s love
Don Moan *

Jesus warned Peter, “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” Luke 22:31, 32

Have you ever been sifted? You lay crushed looking up into the bottom of the sieve, your life in fine powder. Bitter tears threaten to wash away the pieces. You didn’t even realize what was happening until it was all over.

Peter, one of the closest friends. Peter, who walked on water right beside Jesus. Peter, present at the transfiguration. Peter, Jesus’ BFF. Confident that he would go even to death for Jesus, Peter failed to regard Jesus’ warning.

Peter denied being in the company of the disciples. He even denied any knowledge of Jesus. Finally, as if an oath added credence to the words spoken, Peter cursed and swore he did not know Jesus.

Then the rooster crowed.

Then Peter remembered Jesus’ words.

Even in crisis, Jesus sees Peter. We can be sure he prayed that his faith remained intact. I can’t help but think the look he gave Peter was one of compassion and understanding. He reached out to Peter, even in his failure.

Those sins Jesus was going to die for: Peter’s pride and subsequent fall. All was forgiven. Peter’s debt – paid in full.

* (Scriptural Way of the Cross, )
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