Jesus is not like us.
I remember long ago reading Henri Nouwen’s interpretation of Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial. It has stayed with me all these years because it casts everything in a positive light. Jesus is grieved, of course, that Peter would deny him. Peter himself goes out and weeps bitterly afterward for he had vehemently declared that he would never do this.
However, the whole thing happens “before the cock crows”. Why does Jesus say to Peter “before the cock crows” you will deny me three times? Why doesn’t he just say, “You will deny me, Peter.” Is he saying, “You lousy disciple…its not even going to take you before the cock crows for you to deny me three times?” No. It is quite the opposite. A rooster crowing marks a new day. It may be still dark at the moment, but the sun will rise. The darkness will lift. It is time to wake up to that! As Peter weeps bitterly, the rooster crows. It is a promise to him of forgiveness, resurrection and the promise that there is a new day coming. When we hit bottom, like Peter, that is when we are most honest about our inability to do it right. That is when grace enters in, and a new day begins.
Lord help me to understand that when I am at my weakest, after having failed on my own strength, that is when a new day of amazing grace can begin for me. Amen.