By Julia Lodi
This rooster is the second in a series of watercolor paintings I made for my mom. For the space around the rooster, I did a wash of water and dropped in spots of green and blue paint for the sky area and brown for the dirt. The initial layer of water helps the colors to blend together in a soft, pastel-colored background.
Everyone remembers the story of Simon Peter. A zealous follower of Jesus, he vowed he would never disown his Master even if he were faced with death. When his Lord was carried away, bound, beaten, and interrogated by the Sanhedrin, he did indeed trail behind. But when a servant girl recognized him, all thoughts of loyalty to his Master fled, and he concerned himself only with his own safety. Three times he swore that he had never associated with Jesus. After his third denial, a rooster crowed and his mind fast-tracked to Jesus’s words earlier that night: “Today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice, you yourself will disown me three times” (Mark 14:30). He broke down and wept. Imagine the bitterness of his tears as he realized he had disowned his Lord, who he knew to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
But is that the end of the story? Did God reject Peter because of his wickedness?
Days later, Christ rose from the dead. After seeing Him twice since His resurrection, Peter and some other disciples had a third encounter with Christ on the shores of Galilee. After eating breakfast together, Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?”
“Lord, You know I do,” Peter replied. Three times Jesus asked this question, followed by a command to feed His sheep. Is it a coincidence that Jesus thrice posed this question after Simon Peter had denied Him three times? Maybe, but I’m inclined to think not. Jesus forgave Peter even though Peter had forsaken Him.
Have you done something against your precious Savior that you regret? Do you maybe feel with Peter that it is a mistake too big for Him to forgive? Take heart, brother, sister. If Jesus forgave Peter for abandoning Him in His greatest time of need, humanly speaking, He can and will pardon your sin if you sincerely repent.
Julia Lodi is a young adult who strives to serve God in writing and artwork, along with every other aspect of life. Julia is a children’s book illustrator and aspiring author. Her illustrated book, Heart of Wisdom ABC’s, can be found here: https://www.shepherdhavenbooks.org/, and her blog, Drop in the Ocean Manuscript can be found here: https://dropintheoceanm.blogspot.com/. Along with creating masterpieces in art and writing, Julia enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her family and the people of God, sitting on the porch watching birds, and reading good books.