Some days can just be bad:
- you can’t think straight cause you’re running on two hours of sleep and fall asleep during your midterm
- you scored two standard deviations lower than you expected on your test and feel like your future has no hope
- you get rejected by something or someone
- you had to break a promise you made and it’s because you overcommitted yourself to too many things
- you had the most unproductive day possible even though you have a midterm the next day
- you get into a fight with a friend and the issue is not resolved
- you feel angry at yourself for struggling with that same sin
- you just feel bad, and you don’t even know why
- you find out that someone in your family got a stroke and died
The day ends and you go to sleep, knowing that what happened today cannot be changed.
Here’s a snippet of what happened on Peter’s bad day:
- he displays himself to be a terrible friend - during Jesus’s greatest time of need, when His soul is troubled to the point of death, Jesus simply requests that Peter pray for Him. What happens? Jesus catches Peter asleep twice
- he shows himself to be a coward by leaving and fleeing away from Jesus when the Pharisees come
- he proves himself to be a liar when he denies Jesus three times after promising to never deny Jesus Christ (just hours before) – when he realizes what he has done, the guilt from his action becomes so unbearable that he has to leave the crowd and weeps bitterly
- he thinks himself to have lost everything – he has just followed a man for the past three years who was supposed to be the Messiah and King that he had been waiting for. But now that Jesus is dead, Peter not only wasted the past three years of his life following a fake, but he also abandoned his family and his job as a fisherman to follow Jesus. He has managed to have the most unproductive three years of his life. He lost everything (or at least his reputation, family, and career).
Friday comes to an end and Peter must sleep knowing that what has happened on that day cannot be changed. I’m pretty sure, that if you told Peter that one day, that day would be called “Good Friday”, he’d think you to be insensitive, crazy, or have some skewed definition of good.