Tuesday, July 10: Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 26:31-35
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
"'I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
"Truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."
But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
Jesus' foreknowledge that even his disciples would disown him upon his coming arrest must have made his agonizing night in pleading prayer and in jail feel all the more forsaken and desolate. But how often are we just like the disciples, telling Jesus of our love and gratitude for him, but then turning around, even "this very night, before the rooster crows," and doing something that's outside both Jesus' character and the ways of his kingdom?
Each of the remaining eleven disciples, sooner or later, turned back to Jesus, and we have that same opportunity. Think of one concrete way that you can begin to turn your own version of Peter's overconfident, self-unaware declaration into a demonstration of your devotion, and to do so more and more often over time.