27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
This is a tragic passage but also a passage of great compassion and grace, which leads to Jesus’ greatest triumph. Here we discover that he knows that everyone of the disciples will let him down (I can’t help but add my own name to the list when I read it). To have this foresight must have been a terrible thing, and yet Jesus loves them still. He doesn’t jettison them or pour scorn on them, but continues his friendship and love. This takes him, as again he knew all to well, to the Cross where he would die and in that death take on himself our sin, our brokenness, including our betrayal, overcoming it so that we could be freed from it.
Father, forgive us our betrayals, the way we let down you and those around us.
Today people will let us down. Help us in the strength of the Spirit to respond as Jesus did.