PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:31-35
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“After I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” (Matthew 26:32)
Jesus predicts that they will soon “fall away” when He is arrested.
He tells Peter that he will “disown” Him, deny he even knows Jesus.
This must have been painful for Jesus, but He knew it was coming.
He quotes Zechariah 13:7, to show this was expected.
Despite this Jesus lets them know He will not abandon them.
When they run home to Galilee, He will be there waiting for them.
He will meet them there in their betrayal to reconcile with them.
No threats, no revenge, no “I’ll teach you for disowning me!”
Jesus knows our human nature better than we know ourselves (v.35).
I am encouraged by the grace in these words.
Jesus also predicts that I will fail Him, and He will meet me there.
Jesus is hurt by my betrayal, but He came to restore me to God.
As a Jesus follower, my dedication is no better than the disciples then.
But I am confident that when I fall, He will be there to graciously help me up.
Lord, Your grace is amazing. I do not deserve Your mercy for all the times I let You down. Thank You for meeting me in my fall, and helping me up again!