Traveling through Jerusalem, it’s hard not to notice the many visual depictions of the Apostle Peter’s denial of Christ. Stained glass windows, carvings, sculptures, even an entire church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is Latin for the cock crowed—all devoted to the imagery of what may be the most humiliating moment of Peter’s life.

What would it be like to have your worst moment memorialized for the world to remember for generations to come?

Peter, who walked the road alongside Jesus with great devotion as he ministered in one town after another. Peter, who witnessed divine miracles and followed the Miracle Maker with bold faith. Peter, who stepped out of a boat to walk to Jesus across a stormy sea. Peter, who declared with definitive confidence—You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

Yet, on that fateful night after Jesus’ arrest, following a series of inauspicious denials of the Christ he’d proclaimed, Peter remembered the words Jesus had prophesied over him that very evening—

“Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” Peter burst into tears, ran off from the crowd, and wept bitterly.  Luke 22:61-62 TPT

Peter could have disappeared into the masses and never returned again to his place of ministry alongside Jesus’s followers.

So, what do you think made him return to the way of the Master despite his worst moment?

What keeps you from going back to the path of your last setback in the faith journey?

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