Matthew 26:31-34, “Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’ 33 Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.’ 34 ‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.’”
It is the night of the betrayal by Judas Iscariot of our Lord and Savior. For thirty pieces of silver, Judas brings the authorities to Jesus. Earlier in the evening, while having dinner with His disciples, Jesus explained to them He would be betrayed by one of them. He describes for them what is ahead; but, they cannot understand Him.
We are all a little like the disciples. We have the Word of God before us. We are told how we should live our lives and what will happen if we do not follow God’s Way; and yet, many do not. Many boldly reply as Peter, “I will not fail you Lord! I’m here beside you. I will not fall away from You.”
And then the rooster starts crowing…maybe it is the lie you told your spouse…maybe it was the one last hit of drugs…maybe it was the alcohol, the judgment of others, the cheating…maybe you did not defend Jesus in order to be politically correct. You justify your actions because it is a business matter and business is business. You turn your head away from those who need help because you don’t want to be involved. Maybe it is the pornography…the one last attempt to strike it rich…the juicy bit of gossip. Do you hear that rooster crowing?
If I could translate rooster into the English language, he would be saying, “You failure. Cockadoodaldoo! You sinner. Cockadoodaldoo! You unworthy, no good, piece of nothing. Cockadoodaldoo! You’ll never measure up.”
Is that what your rooster is crowing? Because if it is, he’s feeding you a bowl full of chicken feed lies.
You are worth dying for – even though you deny Him – you are so valuable and so precious to Jesus. There is nothing you can say or do to make Him love you more or less. And if He needed to do it, He’d die for you all over again, because He loves you.
Silence your rooster. Chop his head off and serve him up for dinner. Stop listening to his crowing and start listening to the One who created you and loves you and wants what is best for you.
Tonight, I think rooster dumplings might just be on the menu for me. How about you?