Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. – Matthew 26:31-35 (NLT)
One of the striking features in these verses is the grace of Jesus. Jesus knows the disciples will flee in terror (which happens 21 verses further into the story) but offers them redemption. Jesus says to them “I will go before you to Galilee.” This signifies that Jesus will be with his disciples again. He will forgive their failure to follow him fully in this moment and they will be reconciled together. After all Jesus has shown and taught the disciples, the disciples will abandon Jesus at his most crucial moment. But even bigger than their betrayal is God’s reconciling grace. It cannot be matched.
When have your experienced God’s grace? How did it make you feel? Have you shared that story of reconciliation with God with others? Write down your story of God’s grace and share it with someone today.