The broken heart of Peter 

New Testament: Matt 26.75

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 26.55–75 on February 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

It seems everyone relates most to Peter because most of us are like him, or he was like us. I can see myself when he was boasting about his loyalty to the Lord, even when others would not be loyal, and then quickly denying that he knew the Lord on the same night. 

After he had denied the Lord for the third time in that evening, he remembered how the Lord revealed that Peter would deny the Lord. Matthew wrote this: 

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

– Matthew 26.75 

My heart breaks for Peter’s broken heart. He knew that he had let the Lord down, even when Peter promised that he never would deny the Lord, and that the fact that he did it so quickly after having affirmed his loyalty. 

Peter truly thought that he was something, but then in a moment, he was broken to pieces and he realized what an awful thing that he had done. 

He had to get away and find a place where he could open the reservoir of tears that flowed from his grief-stricken heart. 

However, it did Peter good, because he was never the same again, and eventually he would die for Christ, just as he promised that he would. 

Questions: 

  • Have you denied the Lord out of fear? 
  • What did you do afterward? 
  • Are you a different person now? 

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