69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus from Nazareth.”
72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”
73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, because your accent betrays you.”
74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.
75 And Peter remembered what Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
what Jesus knows
Today’s post serves as a necessary balance to yesterday’s “believe in yourself” post. Peter could muster up enough courage to boast that he would never deny his Lord, but Jesus knew that he was weak, and that he would deny him. The good news is that Jesus did not use that knowledge as justification for abandoning Peter. He knew and loved Peter, in weakness and in strength.
Jesus can literally look beyond our failures and weaknesses because he already sees us in our perfected state, with billions of years of glorification in our future. The LORD is already there. He knows the destiny that we have to take by faith. He knows both our present failures and our future repentance and restoration. He has the true perspective on us. When we are tempted to boast of our commitment, he can see holes in our armor. But he also sees the end of the battle.
LORD, keep our eyes focused on you, and prevent us from overestimating our own resources.