January 31, 2021

Peter Denies Jesus

Passage: Luke 22:54-62

After Jesus and the disciples finished the Last Supper, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives.

Judas led a mob to the Garden and then betrayed Jesus with a kiss. The disciples were ready to fight, but Jesus submitted himself to the mob; he allowed himself to be arrested. He knew what was about to happen, and he was willing to lay down his life that we might be saved.

Now we are ready to consider the next part of the text. The scene shifts from the Mt. of Olives to the home of the high priest, where Jesus had been taken upon his arrest. We find here more evidence that Jesus truly is a prophet. What he foretold about Peter denying him is about to happen precisely as Jesus said it would, in spite of Peter’s objections (cf. vss. 31-34).

We also have more proof of the weakness and failure so common in sinful people. The text records Peter’s infamous three-fold denial of Jesus.

The time is now about 2:30 am. The place is the home of the high priest. Jesus was about to face five or six individual trials or interviews—two or three before the Jewish officials (Luke records only two of them) and three before Roman officials.

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