Luke 22 and John 13
November 10, 2015
Peter had enough confidence for two men. He was a leader or at least wanted to be. Jesus saw the potential. Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends. Brash, bold and confident. Peter was ready to take a stand with Jesus. It is believed that Peter is the one who fights in the garden. But there were moments of weakness and none so boldly revealed than while Jesus was at trial. Three times Peter denies Jesus. A soft denial turns into a cursing stream of rejection. Luke tells us that after the third denial, the rooster crows and Jesus locks eyes with Peter. Peter is filled with shame and leaves the courtyard weeping. In denying Jesus, Peter also lost his confidence. For us as Christians there is a connection between our boldness and our relationship with Jesus. Confidence in our abilities lasts until we fail, but confidence born out of our relationship with Jesus is based on the nature of Jesus. This confidence results in boldness and strength. Peter was confident in himself. He learned to be confident in Jesus. In his own strength he denied Jesus. With Jesus’ strength, his confidence soared as he chose death over denial. That’s a lesson for us. Let’s find our confidence in our Lord.