The Other Side of the Rooster


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Scripture:  Matthew 26:31-35

Verse:  “Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV)

You were so sure of yourself, weren’t you?   Sold out.   Solid.   Nobody was as committed as you.  Nobody had your passion.

Sure, the others might flinch, but not you.  Just look at them.  John?  A sissy.  James?  A coward.  Thomas?   A skeptic.

Where had they been when you stepped out of the boat?  Cowering in fear, that’s where.  But not you.  Never you.

When push came to shove, they’d fall like a house of cards, but there you’d be right by his side.  Faithful to the end.

“I’m ready to die for you!”

“Die for me?  You’re going to sell me out.  Throw me under the bus.”

“Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”

“You won’t even admit you know me.”

“I will NEVER deny you.”

“Three times, Peter.  Three.  Times.”

His words stung.  How could he say that?  How could he think that?

“I will NEVER deny you.”

“Three times, Peter.  Three.  Times.”

* * *

On this side of the rooster, we’re so sure of ourselves.

  • I’d never do that.
  • I’d never say that.
  • I’d never think that.

But on the other side of the rooster, we know the truth.

Of course Jesus always knew, and it didn’t change a thing.  He knew about Peter.  He knew about Judas.  He knew about us.

Yet, he still took the nails.  He still bled.  He still loved.  He still died.

“Never will I leave you.  Never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).

Those nevers you can count on.  Those nevers never fail.

Prayer: God, thank you that I can trust your love to never fail.  Thank you that my nevers never really mattered and that your grace never ends.  Amen.  

Question:  Where do you need that never-ending fountain of grace today?
Note: This post is excerpted from Everyday Easter Devotions.