“About an hour later another asserted, ‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.’ Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 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.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:59-62).

Satan has malevolent motives; Jesus has benevolent motives for your failures. Jesus prepared Peter for this moment. First, Jesus called Peter on his pride and then warned him that this is how you are going to fall. The failure wasn’t a big deal to Jesus. In the upper room when Jesus washed Peter’s feet, the Lord informed him, “You are clean,” even though Jesus knew he was going to fail Him. He took Peter into the garden to watch and pray, even though Jesus knew he was going to fail Him. When Jesus rose from the dead, He said, “Go tell Peter.” In the courtyard after the third denial, the rooster crowed, Peter remembered Jesus’ words and their eyes met. Can you imagine the look?

Was it scorn? “You failure!” Was it a look of resignation? “I warned you!” Was it a look of sadness? “How could you let Me down?” None of these sound like Jesus. The Greek word in the scripture denotes intense looking. It’s only used one other place: to describe the look of a blind man who had his eyes just opened for the first time. Jesus is communicating a lot: “I told you this would happen.” The rooster crowing was a reminder: God is in control, stay connected to Me, don’t let Satan destroy you.

What was Jesus doing? Ministering to His disciple, just like He cares for us when we are at our worst and letting Him down. “Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). So, remember, God is in control. Stay connected to Jesus!

Adapted from “For Pete’s Sake” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis