MUSINGS – December 08, 2018


Mark 14:66-72
Peter was in the courtyard. One of the chief priest’s female servants saw Peter warming himself. She looked at him and said, “You, too, were with Jesus from Nazareth!” But Peter denied it by saying, “I don’t know him, and I don’t understand what you’re talking about.” He went to the entrance. Then a rooster crowed. The servant saw him. Once again she said to those who were standing around, “This man is one of them!” Peter again denied it. After a little while the men standing there said to Peter again, “It’s obvious you’re one of them. You’re a Galilean!” Then Peter began to curse and swear with an oath, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” Just then a rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered that Jesus said to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter began to cry very hard.

I’ve heard so many times about Peter denying Jesus that I totally missed an important fact: Peter was there at the temple. The others had abandoned Jesus and gone into hiding. But Peter was there. Even after the servant girl accused him the first time, he stayed near his Master. Again she saw him and called attention to him and he denied Jesus, but he still stayed near. A third time he is recognized as being a Galilean and a follower of Jesus. If he was recognized by his accent, that means that he had been talking, probably trying to get information on how the trial was going. Again, he was there.

Previously, when reading this section of scripture, I’ve always focussed on Peter’s weakness, his betrayal. But now I see that he was the bravest of Jesus’s followers even in his weakness. He was there. His remorse was so great that he cried and cried very hard.

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