Have you ever heard a rooster crow? If you live in the suburbs or the city, probably not. If you live in the country, your chances are much better. A rooster crowing is one of the first sounds of daybreak, saying it’s time to get up and get going.
Many years ago, the events of one Jerusalem morning changed Peter for the rest of his life. About ten hours earlier, Jesus warned Peter. The Lord told Peter that he would deny him three times before daybreak. Of course, Peter denied it, saying no way could I ever deny knowing you. Later that Passover night, the arrest of the Messiah occurred. He appeared before various political figures, both religious and secular. The religious group was determined to end Jesus’ life, but Pilate found no reason to crucify Jesus. However, Pilate eventually surrendered to a political threat and ordered the crucifixion.
Peter followed, observing Jesus’ trials. During one of the events, a servant girl recognized Peter from the Garden of Gethsemane, and he immediately denied knowing Jesus. Peter went on to deny the Lord two more times. As the sun split the eastern sky, the rooster crowed. The sound of the rooster caused the Lord to turn. The Lord’s eyes met Peter’s eyes. It was then Peter remembered Jesus’ words of denial. The disciple quickly left the scene to weep in private and ask forgiveness.
Spiritual brokenness can do one of two things. The first is to turn our back on the Lord. The second can solidify our determination never to deny the Lord again. Peter chose the second. When the day of Pentecost arrived, Peter stood up to proclaim the Lord’s resurrection saving 3,000 souls (Acts 3:41). Peter’s denial made him spiritually stronger. Never again would this disciple deny the Lord.
Remember to ask forgiveness when we fall or keep quiet about our Lord. Strengthen your soul, then get up and serve the Lord.