Today’s Good Friday. It’s a solemn time, to say the least. We mixed meditation, readings and songs. One passage was one that was not often focused on but has some good pointers: Peter Denies the Christ.
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Come to think of it, the Bible says nothing about what Peter does after this until Easter Sunday.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Peter as the Archetypal failure of Human Exertion Alone
Peter is a good example of what happens when we as humans try to rely on our own strength instead of God’s. Peter was always upheld as the strongest, most zealous of the disciples but during this critical time, and yet we hear next to nothing about his activities during the time between Jesus’ death and resurrection.
However, Quen’s post on the Seize the Word blog offers some additional insight, that Peter must have been restless for most of the night. What must have been going through his mind during this time? He must have been pondering what Jesus had said, maybe coming to realizations about some of the more cryptic things that He had said.
Peter’s time with just his thoughts: Period between Crucifixion and Resurrection
Bearing on Us
For me, the period of time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a strange time. We know the end of the story, and yet at times I can’t help but, like Peter, be restless. Though, unlike him, I know how everything turns out, I think this period of time is still a good opportunity to meditate on what Jesus said as we put it into context to better experience the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
The Coming Transformation
Though we will never know for certain, Peter’s (and the others’) time between Christ’s death and His ascension to heaven is a key time for us to study as a time when Christ turned wimpy disciples who ran to disciples who would be willing to die for His sake.