Cock-A-Doodle Do! by Rex Yancey

Cock-A-Doodle Do!
Rex Yancey
Luke 22:54-62

There are many sounds one hears in the city. When my family and I moved to New Orleans, we heard ships going down Industrial Canal. We heard airplanes making their way to and from the airport. We heard sirens and more sirens screaming down I-10. We heard traffic and more traffic and more traffic. But one sound we did not hear was the crowing of a rooster!

But there is still one city in the world where to this day one can hear a rooster crow. In 1971 I heard a rooster crow just outside my window at the Shepherd's Hotel in Jerusalem. I immediately thought of Simon Peter.

There were many long ago who paid little attention to a rooster crowing, but not so with Peter. It was as if the rooster's crow was the blare of a bugle. The rooster's inarticulate sound was to him a message of failure.

Christians can fail the Lord. When that happens it hurts them and the Lord, and others.

1.THE REALITY OF FAILURE
There are high and low moments in the life of every Christian. There are moments in my life when I want to be everything he wants me to be. But I have to be honest with you; there have also been some low moments in my Christian life. There have been moments when I felt like a failure, moments when I felt as if I let the Lord down.

Do you remember your lowest moment? God expects us to keep our promises to him. I think we sometimes take those promises too lightly.

Peter was the author of some stirring confessions, but he failed. One such confession is found in John 6:68-69. "Will you also go away?" "Lord, to whom shall we go thou hast the words of eternal life." Peter knew he had found what he had been looking for.

Another confession is found in Matthew 16:16. Peter, for the first time, acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." But from these same lips came words of denial and disassociation.

None of us is above failing the Lord ...


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