My denial

When we hear a story over and over again, we sometimes lost the gravity of its meaning. Or, we take on a new perspective of the story.

Last Sunday the gospel was about the passion of the Christ. Like most of you, I’ve always heard that story over and over again, specially during the Lent season. The story did not change but there were some parts that have taken on a deeper meaning for me.

Here is the part of the gospel that struck me the most (Luke 22:60-62).

[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.” [62] And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter is the most relatable bible character for me. He was one of Jesus’ inner circle. He was the one who answered that Jesus is the Messiah when Jesus asked “Who do you say that I am?”. He was the one who was brave enough to ask Him to allow him to walk on water. And he was the one who denied Jesus three times.

Like Peter, there are times in my life that I can boldly say that Jesus is the Messiah. There are times in my life that I can say that my faith in Him is so strong that I could ask Him to let me walk on water, and truly believe that I could. But like Peter, there are times that I deny Jesus (not just thrice) through the life that I lead, the choices I make, the good I failed to do, the sins I commit.

On a daily basis, I am faced with situations which give me the choice to be a living witness of Jesus or deny Him. Being a Christian means accepting you are a sinner saved by God’s grace. And it is what I am counting for, that I can turn to Jesus for the grace of restoration, so I could begin anew. Because when my strength runs out, I know that His is the hand that will pull me back up. When my will falters, His is the Spirit that will compel me to go further.

“Lord Jesus, you willingly suffered and died for our sake and for our salvation.  You took upon yourself the burden of our guilt and the punishment due to our sins.  Strengthen my faith and help me in my trials that I may never deny you or forsake your ways. Amen.”

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