"Three Times"

February 6, 2017

“Three Times”

Blessings folk!

The disciples were listening to the Lord.
Can you imagine what was going through each mind?
It would be different from person to person, yet, there would be a common feeling of confusion, concern and wonder as to what the Lord meant in all that he said.

Of course, Peter speaks up. Happy

John 13:36-38
Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?”
Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.”

Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now?
I will lay down my life for You.”

Jesus *answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me?
Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.

Peter boldly asked “Lord, where are You going?”
Many times in the accounts we have of conversation between Peter and Jesus, Peter begins with “Lord…”.
This is good.
But often Peter’s “Lord” was followed by something that would not be said to “Lord”.
Here, Peter was pushing the question…”where are you going?
Jesus gave more information.
He was going. They/Peter could not follow Him then.
But, they/Peter would later…probably more focused on Peter.

Peter demanded…hummm…should we demand of “Lord”?…to know why he could not follow then?
Peter then doubles down.
He declared that he would lay down His life for Jesus.

Why this?
I suspect that Peter meant it.
I also suspect that he knew not what he was saying.

Jesus then cuts through the bull and bluster.
“Really?” Jesus says…
A rooster would not crow until Peter denied Him three times.

Again, imagine the impact of that statement upon the room.
This was serious.
This was not going the way the disciples had “planned’…thought…

What did the Lord mean?