But he emphatically said, “Even if I must die with Him, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. (Mark 14:31)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Peter loved Jesus with His whole heart. He loved Him so much that He was willing to die for Him. When he said he would die rather than deny Jesus, he really meant it.
You’ve said the same words to Jesus. You really meant it then and you really mean it now. If you save me, I’ll never do it again. If you get me out of this, I won’t be stupid. I’ll be faithful. I will. I won’t deny you. Everyone will fall away but me!
After Jesus was seized, Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus. He would be faithful. He would protect Jesus! You know the rest, though, don’t you? As the night dragged on, as they took Jesus to be tried and convicted, a servant girl recognized Peter warming himself by the fire. As he stood there, afraid of getting the same death that His Lord was about to receive, Peter emphatically denied Jesus three times. He even cursed as he said, “I don’t know Him!”
If Peter, who had all the faith in the world and was Jesus’ BFF, denied Him, what hope do you have? If he couldn’t muster the faith to not deny Jesus after all that he had seen and done in Jesus’ Name, what prayer do you have to be faithful unto death?
You don’t. You can’t be faithful to Him all by yourself. God has heard the same promises made by many different people, all of whom were more faithful than you. They were all just broken promises, too. The promise was made. It was meant. It wasn’t ever kept.
Jesus is faithful. He keeps all His promises. More than that, He has every kept promise God has ever made to you. He won’t fail—not God or you. Even though He is God, He takes on the form of a servant and is obedient unto death, even death on a cross. He will save you.
Jesus had forgiveness for Peter, who denied Him three times. Don’t fear! Jesus forgives you, too! God never needed your promises anyway. He has Jesus. You don’t need them because you have Jesus, too. Your sins are forgiven in Jesus! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, grant us by Your grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s passion that we may obtain the forgiveness of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Holy Tuesday, LSB)