Today’s Reading: John 13:16-38
“…I will lay down my life for you.” – John 13:37b
“You’re a chip off the old block!” I have heard that more than once. “You’re just like your father.” Admittedly, part of the time it is a compliment. I love my father. He is God’s gift to me. But sometimes people don’t mean it as a good thing.
Well, I say to you, “You’re just like Peter!” Ever impetuous, Peter cannot afford to let the Lord go. He says, “I will lay down my life for you.” The Word of the Lord is true, and when Jesus says that Peter will deny Him, we see that is exactly what happens.
Peter says, “I will lay down my life for you.” And you said the same exact thing. On your Confirmation Day you confessed that you would not fall away from your confession or the Church, and yet you have. You have reminded silent when you should have spoken. You have denied the Lord.
“You’re just like Peter!” Not only have you failed like Peter, but you are repentant and forgiven like Peter. Being like Peter is also a good thing. Know, without a doubt, the Word of the Lord is true. You are forgiven!
Prayer: Praise for Your great apostle; So eager and so bold, Thrice falling, yet repentant, Thrice charged to feed Your fold. Lord, make Your pastors faithful; To guard Your flock from harm, And hold them when they waver With Your almighty arm. (By All Your Saints in Warfare, LSB 517:10).
This devotion was written by Rev. Brent Hartwig, pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, IA.