Beyond The Rooster Crowing There Is Hope

Peter may have heard that rooster crowing in his sleep.
Peter had told Jesus that he would never deny Him. Jesus told Peter that he would indeed deny Jesus three times before a rooter crowed that night. And Jesus was right.
The Bible says that Jesus was before Caiaphas, the High Priest. Peter was following Jesus at a distance… so he hung around in the courtyard. A servant girl came up to Peter and said, “You too were with Jesus, the Galilean.”
Peter replied, “Oh no… you have the wrong man. I don’t even know what you are talking about!”
Peter went out to the gateway and another servant girl approached him and said, “This man was with Jesus the Galilean.” Again, Peter denied knowing Jesus.
A little later, some bystanders approached Peter and said, “Surely you too are one of them because the way you talk gives you away.”
Then, Peter began to curse and swear and angrily said, “I do not now the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. When Peter heard it, his mind went back to when Jesus said, “Tonight, you will deny me three times before a rooster crows!” Then, Peter went out and wept bitterly.
So, Peter is done, right? I denied Jesus three times! But it’s not over for Peter.
Jesus would be scourged and crucified. And, on the first day of the week, Jesus would rise again from the grave. And over a period of forty days, Jesus would appear to His disciples and then, He would ascend to heaven.
The Bible doesn’t say exactly how much time it was but, at some point, Jesus met Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Jesus and three times, Peter said that he did but he didn’t love Jesus as he should. And each time, Jesus told Peter, “Feed my sheep.”
But then, on Pentecost, Peter would be the disciple who preached and three thousand people believed in Jesus. The same Peter who denied Jesus three times. The same Peter who may well had heard that rooster crow a jillion times since that night, as a reminder that he had made a mistake. That same Peter is now used by Jesus to preach His gospel.
Did Peter mess up? Absolutely! He denied even knowing Jesus!
But, it wasn’t over for Peter…. Jesus would use him in a great way.
The same is true for us. We all make mistakes. Sometimes, they are real good mistakes… but a mistake does not eliminate us from the game. Just as Jesus used Peter, He can use us.

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