Station 3: Peter Denies Jesus
Luke 22:54-62 – 54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter was in Jesus’ inner circle. Peter was one of the first to follow Jesus and always seemed to be at Jesus side. He was the one who jumped out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water. Yet, here he betrays Jesus. Why does Peter betray Jesus? It is likely out of fear. Things have been changing so drastically before his eyes, and the future is now uncertain with Jesus being arrested. Denial is a way that Peter is able to maintain control of something in the midst of uncertainty.
What fears do you bring to the cross today? On the ground, write your fear(s) with your finger. Leave it with Jesus. When you are done, feel free to stomp on it or erase it, trusting that God is with you and interceding for you through the Holy Spirit.