Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


July 14, 2010

When the rooster crows in the morning, it's the alarm clock: "Time to get up." But the rooster's crow also bears another message.

One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the garden?" Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
- John 18:26,27 TNIV

The rooster's crow is not only a wake up call, but a reminder of Peter's betrayal, his denial of his commitment to follow Jesus. He denied Jesus, because he feared for his life. The crowing brought his broken promise to memory.

We may well go this day not hearing a rooster crow, and we may not be forced to deny our commitment to follow Christ for fear of death. Our denials come more disguised: conflicts, apathy, boredom, other things we want to do. Yet the rooster crows; and we've denied Christ again. Like Peter, Jesus waits for us patiently, graciously.

Dale Patterson