Yesterday morning I read these verses out of Luke 22, "59 About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean." 60 Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times." Can you imagine the deep wound of betrayal that Jesus felt when Peter denied even knowing him. From this Scripture we gather that Jesus actually heard Peter's cold and callous denial of his friend and Messiah and in that moment was close enough to Peter to lock eyes with him.
Think of all they had been through together. There was the time when Jesus told him to cast his net on the other side and the nets were overflowing with fish. There was the time when Peter dared to walk on water out to Jesus and eventually fell into his arms. There was the time near a rocky cave where Peter first confessed that Jesus was truly the Messiah, the Son of God. So many life-changing moments with this man....way more than he could possibly count. And in a series of 3 conversations he completely denied and disowned the same one he had followed for three years. So not only did Jesus endure the horrific physical pain of the cross and scourging, but the emotional pain of betrayal was equally grueling. In that moment his most faithful and trusted man turns his back on Him. Then God the Father in those few dark hours would have to forsake His one and only Son and now punish Him with His full wrath for all of sin. Wow the intensity and wonder of that old rugged cross. We have truly been bought with an inestimable price. Thank You and praise You God for what You have done for us!