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“And Jesus saith unto him (Peter), Verily I say unto thee… before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice” (Mark 14:30). ““Peter said, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee” (Matt.26:35).  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest (third denial). And immediatelythe cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord…And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:60-62). Peter said, “I will die, before I deny.” But he denied once, twice, then thrice. That was the cue for the rooster to crow. “Cock-a-doodle-do!” Peter listened – the Lord looked! One look is all it took. Caught and condemned. Peter left and wept.

Warning! There are times we all fail to do what we said we would not do. Even Paul said, “I do that which I hate.” Fact: One of the greatest proofs of your salvation is that when you disobey or deny immediately the rooster crows and the quilt grows. Process: The Lord looks and you weep bitterly with regrets. Sin should bother you. When you sin, you should immediately feel guilt, shame, and regrets (I John 3:20). You should be concerned if you are not condemned.

Do you ever hear the rooster crow? Thank God for the rooster crowing to condemn us of our sins (John 16:8).  When we sin and the rooster crows, the Lord looks, this should also cause us to weep bitterly. Regrets and remorse should lead us to restoration. Warning: do not ignore the rooster crowing as it could  bring chastisement and consequences (I John 1:9).

Now, the rest of the story… after the resurrection, the Lord appeared the third time to His disciples (John 21:14). He then personally asked Peter three times (same number of denials), “Lovest thou me.” Peter knowingly three times humbly said, “Lord thou knowest.” Then the Lord surprised Peter and forgivingly said, “Feed my sheep.” His last words to Peter were, “follow me.” (John 21:15-19).

Astounding! The rejected Peter was restored! Inconceivable!  On the day of Pentecost, Peter excitedly stood and boldly preached. His three denials were replaced with three thousand souls. He could excitedly shout, “He is risen and I am forgiven.”

Thank God the rooster crowed! Peter opened the doors to the Jews at Pentecost, and to the Gentiles with Cornelius all because he responded to the crowing of a rooster. What if there had been no rooster? Learn: When the rooster immediately crows, and the Lord looks, you should immediately respond. Thank God the rooster still crows on cue, the Lord still looks with love and I am still listening and learning. What’s that? Oops! I think I just heard another Cock-a-Doodle Do!

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