Yesterday morning’s conversation weighed heavily on my mind. He had shared an eerie dream with me. He calmly explained how I would deny knowing him and he would die soon after. I assured him it was just a dream; I wouldn’t let that happen. But he swore I would indeed abandon him; repeating this prophecy three times to me. I refused to believe I would deny the truth to save myself.
Later that day, I watched Loudas lead an angry crowd right to us. I stepped to the side when the accusers approached. I followed far behind as they dragged him away. I listened as they read the bogus charges. I kept my silence, wrapped in a cloak of anonymity. I closed my eyes and remembered the words I spoke that morning: I promise I will not abandon you. I will die with you if I have to.
A girl recognized me as an accomplice.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said.
I left, but another girl placed me with him.
“I don’t know the man,” I insisted.
More accusers surrounded me.
“I don’t know the man!” I shouted over the sea of murmurs.
A rooster crowed.
A painful combination of guilt and revulsion at my own cowardice churned in my stomach. The weight of what I had done threatened to destroy me. Just as Jesus had predicted, I denied him three times. I pushed through the crowd toward the gates.
“Peter, wait!” Simon called after me.
Outside, I slumped to the sidewalk and my bitter tears soaked the ground where Jesus had walked hours before.
This morning, I got word that Loudas hanged himself. Lucky fool. I am left to witness Jesus’ crucifixion, if I can muster the courage to go.
(Fictional account based on Matthew 26:31-75)
I’m fascinated by events in the Bible, especially those involving people who encountered Jesus. So when the folks at Trifecta put out the challenge below, the first thing I thought of was Peter denying Jesus. I could only imagine the shock he felt when he realized that he fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy.
“Write a 33-333 word response to the following quote: “What I tell you three times is true.” by Lewis Carroll. You do not have to use the actual quote in your response, but you may if you wish.”
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