Wounds from a friend can hurt much more than those from an enemy. It's the kind of pain that cuts deep. It's a wound that aches and throbs and is slow to heal. The rejection's unexpected, and therefore worse — more painful. We've all experienced rejection at some point in our lives. Whether it's being picked last for a game at recess or being turned down for a job or being ridiculed for our faith, rejection from anyone hurts. But rejection at the hand of a friend hurts even more. And the deeper the friendship, the more excruciating the pain.
There is one thing that brings us hope in the midst of any rejection: Our Savior was rejected, too — even by his closest friends.
A Rejected Savior
Peter was one of Jesus's most trusted friends. He was with Jesus from the start of his ministry. He had walked away from his livelihood to follow Christ. Peter was the first to claim Jesus as Lord and one of the few that saw Jesus in all his glory at the Transfiguration. Because of that history, the story of Peter’s denials is all the more poignant.
After Judas betrayed Jesus and the soldiers arrested him, Peter followed them to the high priest’s house. As he stood outside by the fire, waiting to hear what would happen, those in the courtyard recognized him as one of Jesus’s followers.