Today's verses are John 18:25,26: "Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, 'You also are not one of his disciples, are you?' He denied it and said, 'I am not.' One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, 'Did I not see you in the garden with him?' Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed." My child, here you have the remainder of the story with Peter. He had earlier said to me that he would follow me to wherever I would go. He said he would lay down his life for me (13:38). I then questioned Peter if he would actually lay down his life for me. I told him that he would eventually deny me three times before a rooster finished crowing. It would be a shameful moment for Peter.
In these verses, my prophecy came true. Peter is in the courtyard of Annas, the high priest. He has already denied knowing me once to the servant girl, at the gate, while warming himself next to a fire (vs. 17). As he continued warming himself, several people by the fire asked him if he was one of my disciples. A second time, he denied me. Finally, one of the servants of the high priest, a relative of Malchus, whose ear Peter cut off when I was being arrested in the garden, was certain he'd seen Peter with me in the garden. Peter denied me an third time. Right after saying it, the rooster crowed, as I said.
Peter was like many other people on earth. On the one hand, he was impetuously courageous. He immediately, without hesitation, decided to follow me when I called him. He was the first to jump out of the boat to walk on water to me. Boastfully, he said he would never deny me. He would be willing to die for me.
But when faced with his own possible death, he did deny me. In a similar vein, he did exactly what Judas did. He betrayed me.
But there is a huge difference between Peter and Judas. Judas was sorry for what he did and took his life. Peter was sorry for what he did and asked for forgiveness. Judas killed himself. Peter repented.
True Godly sorrow always leads to deep repentance. It's not just a feeling, regretting doing something you shouldn't have done. It's a deep feeling of regret that wants to change the behavior that caused the sorrow. Godly sorrow receives the grace of my Father in heaven, through me, and restores a life that has been broken by sin.
My child, is this you? Do you have mere sorrow or Godly sorrow for your sin. Mere sorrow doesn't repent. Godly sorrow wants to change the godless behavior. Godly sorrow always leads to repentance.
If you have Godly sorrow, please know that my grace is ready to forgive you. My love is ready to restore you to new life and purpose.
That's what I did with Peter. I want to do it with you too, today, and forever.
You can trust me today.