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Discover the Book - Oct. 17, 2007

  • 2007 Oct 17

The Lesson Peter Never Forgot

Conclusion Part 5 continued from October 16th




Luke 22:60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.  


For one cock to crow at the right time while the other birds in the city remained silent was certainly a miracle.  


But the crowing of the cock was much more than a miracle that fulfilled our Lord’s words; it was also a special message to Peter, a message that helped to restore him to fellowship again.  


What encouragements did the crowing of the cock give to the Apostle Peter? It was an assurance to him that Jesus Christ was still in control of things even though He was a prisoner, bound and seemingly helpless before His captors.  


Peter could recall witnessing his Lord’s authority over the fish, the winds, and the waves, and even over disease and death. No matter how dark the hour was for Peter, Jesus was still in control! [1]  


Whether Peter was out in the middle of the storm sinking in a fishing boat (Matthew 14) or here in the courtyard of Caiaphas—Jesus is completely in control.  


The same is true when you sit alone in the broken down car, the emergency waiting room, or lay in bed during long and sleepless nights over your job, your marriage, or your children. Jesus is in control of all the events surrounding my life.  


Why don’t you cement that in your mind and heart by saying it aloud with me right now?  

Jesus is in control of all the events surrounding my life.  So we are assured that God is in control, He will strengthen us if we take His way of escape, and He already knows what we face as the days of our lives unfold.  


Another lesson that Peter had to learn, and one that can also deeply impact our lives is that…  




Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  


So Peter doesn’t watch and pray, doesn’t flee temptation, has miserably failed by denying Christ three times. But not only is Jesus in command of the situation—He actually has His eyes on Peter the whole time. Jesus who prayed that Satan wouldn’t get Peter is also personally watching Peter each moment.  

  • Jesus knew exactly where Peter was in that courtyard.
  • Jesus heard each of Peter’s denials.
  • Jesus felt every one of Peter’s fears.
  • Jesus was interceding and saving Peter to “the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:24-25).  


But note that Jesus was doing all this unknown to Peter. Peter thought he was alone. But despite the rough treatment Jesus was enduring, the mocking, the ropes or chains that bound Him (John 18:12)—Jesus was watching Peter!  


That is the lesson of v. 61 as we note who was watching who; Jesus knew exactly where Peter was both spiritually and physically.  He is in touch with our lives. No matter what you and I do, no matter where we are—Jesus has His eyes on us.  


When the disciples were sinking in the boat during the storm and Jesus was miles away on top of a lonely mountain—He was watching and came to them at exactly the right moment they needed Him. He is always there. He is always watching. He is always rescuing us just when we need Him!  Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  


Jesus is always living to intercede for us; He is always watch, always praying and always with us. We are not alone even in our darkest hours of failure and sin, because Jesus has a plan to bring to pass in our lives and that plan surrounds His Word.  


For you it may be at school that you face those darkest of temptations, maybe it is on the road as you travel; maybe it is at work or after work when you stay late; maybe it is when you are all alone at home watching TV or on your computer online—where ever it is that you are seized with temptations to fear, to lust, to steal, to lie, the cheat, to deny Christ in any one of a millions way…it is then and there Jesus wants you to remember ONE THING:  Jesus wants me to know that He is watching me in my darkest hours!  


Peter learned another powerful lesson…  




Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  

The crowing rooster was a tool God used in Peter’s life. That rooster reminded him of Christ's words.


Peter grasped that memory; Jesus had promised him forgiveness if he fell. At the moment (Luke 22:31-34) Peter wasn’t hearing Jesus. He was arguing, he was blurting out as always—instead of listening. But now the rooster jarred his memory. And what was it he remembered? Jesus had given him a future and a hope. He could be forgiven, Jesus had said so. And Peter believed the Word of God.  

Jesus had already given His Word to Peter; the outcome was already sure. He says Peter when you turn away from your sin, when you come back to me, when you get converted…then you will be a tool in my hands!  


Peter was going to survive, he would repent and he would be restored to ministry. Peter just needed to remember the promises Jesus had made to him. That promise was back in v. 32. Look back and see what Peter remembered!  Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned [epistrepho, lit. 'converted, or returned ’] to Me , strengthen your brethren.”  Jesus wants me to remember His Word in my darkest hours, to give me hope.  


So one last lesson Peter needed to learn was that…  




It was the miracle of the cock crowing at that exact moment that also reminded Peter of God's Word; but the cock crow signaled that a new day was dawning, for after all, that is what the rooster’s call means each day.  


Peter had a new day, a new beginning of hope because he was remembering and trusting in what Jesus had said. It was not a new day for Judas or for the enemies of the Lord, but it was a new day for Peter as he repented and wept bitterly.  


God has promised that “a broken and a contrite heart” God will never turn away (Ps. 51:17). Help was on the way; God’s plan was unfolding.  


Peter first received a special message from the angel on Resurrection morning which encouraged Peter (Mark 16:7), later that day Jesus Himself appeared to Peter and renewed his fellowship with Peter (Luke 24:34). And then on the shores of Galilee where Jesus had first called Peter, He returns to restore Peter’s call and to re-commission him for ministry (John 21).  


Each one of us at some point in our lives, will miserably fail the Lord by yielding to some temptation and sin. Soon after that sin we will hear (in one way or another) “the crowing of the cock.” 


At that instant the accusing voice of Satan will ring in our minds, telling us that we are finished, we are useless, pleasing God is hopeless, and our future has been destroyed.  


But that is never God’s message to us. As Peter learned, so we need to know. Our God is a forgiving God, a compassionate God, a God who loves us no matter what we have done.  


Every time we open to the Gospel by Mark we remember that in one way or another, all of us too have stumbled. And for each of us, Peter’s triumph by God's grace is an incredible source of encouragement to trust in our God of the new beginning!  

[1]   These pointed adapted and drawn from Luke 22 in Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.

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