33 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will be no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times.”
The disciples have been crowing all night. When Jesus tells them here at the last supper that one of them will betray him, they begin to argue about which of them is the greatest. For some reason, our sin nature responds to even a hint of criticism with utter grandiosity. Finally, Peter makes the loudest crowing of all: I will die for you. Jesus knew in advance that it would be the other way around; Jesus would die for us. Yet Jesus loved Peter. He restored Peter. And on this rock, Jesus founded his church. Who is our rock? If we think it’s our own perfection, we, too, will be quickly humbled. And thank goodness for that. Instead, the bedrock of our faith is that we all fall short of the glory of God, and that is why God died for us. He gave us His holiness; He hides us under His wings. What we delight in is not our amazingness, but God’s amazing love for us. That is the thing we can crow about–with every new dawn!