“Simon,” said Christ twice, emphasizing
“Satan asked to sift you like wheat,”
He prayed the disciples’ faith would not fail
After washing their dust-covered feet.
The ruler should serve his subjects
Waiters greater than their lead
Reward would come at a later time
The plant, after the seed.
The twelve would judge the twelve
Tribes from each of their thrones
Like the prophet Ezekiel had seen,
A nation resurrected of bones.
But Simon was sorely tested
In the hour when need was the most
He denied he knew the Son of God
Leader of Heavenly Hosts.
Once, twice, and again!
How could he do it? Why?
Simon Peter refused to believe
He would ever His King deny.
Why, he’d trail his Master to prison
Or to death if it were required
And not then, but much later in time
The vow finally transpired.
Faith tested. Not conquered. Intact
Jesus explained it must be so
He gave them a visible, audible sign
Distinct: a rooster’s crow.
Before leaving the room Jesus told them
They would from then on provide
Supply, protect their brothers
After He suffered and died.
The Scriptures foretold a new age
Messianic predictions fulfilled
After Jesus poured out “His life unto death”
His precious, holy king’s blood spilled.
And the lessons, for us, abounding
This pattern of self-centeredness
Should change, and our faith will be strengthened
In lives which God promised to bless.
Copyright 2017 margaretportergriffin
Photo: The Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane