It's one of the scenes in the Bible most intriguing to scholars and lay people. The idea one of your closest friends would turn his back on you to save his own skin, it's not exactly what we call honorable. And that's exactly what Peter did to the Son of God.
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."
But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
Jesus predicted it.
Peter denied Him.
The disciples scattered, just like Jesus predicted.
They stood before Him and committed their undying devotion, but in the end, it wasn't enough.
And you've got to ask the question, "WHY?"
Why would these men who were great witnesses of miracles just run?
Why would the same guys who claimed Jesus was the Son of God, turn their backs?
What in the world? These guys must have been just stupid, right?
Or were they really that different from us?
When the going gets tough, do you stay close?
When life gets hard, who do you turn to?
When it doesn't make sense to do the right thing, what's your first action?
You see, I don't believe we're really all that different from the disciples. We still live with parts of our lives in the world while we try and live Godly. When pressure mounts, and things get tough, to resist the easy denial takes great strength of character, a character developed by a solid history of devotion.
When you read the story of Peter, who is it you identify with? Can you see Jesus feeling betrayed as He's led to the cross? Or is it Peter you feel most connection to? Can you sense the pressure mounting, and the need to cry out, "I don't know Him!!"
What do you think?