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Note: We are reading the entire gospel of Luke in the GPS. Some day’s readings are longer than usual. We hope you’ll have an extra cup of coffee, or use your lunch break, and read Luke’s entire story of Jesus.
The final storm broke; Peter wilted Luke 22:31-62
31 “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.”
33 Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”
35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”
They said, “Nothing.”
36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37 I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminals [Isaiah 53:12]. Indeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”
38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
He replied, “Enough of that!”
39 Jesus left and made his way to the Mount of Olives, as was his custom, and the disciples followed him. 40 When he arrived, he said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.” 41 He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. 42 He said, “Father, if it’s your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done.” 43 Then a heavenly angel appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. 45 When he got up from praying, he went to the disciples. He found them asleep, overcome by grief. 46 He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation.”
47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.
48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Human One [or Son of Man] with a kiss?”
49 When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we fight with our swords?” 50 One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
51 Jesus responded, “Stop! No more of this!” He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53 Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules.”
54 After they arrested Jesus, they led him away and brought him to the high priest’s house. Peter followed from a distance. 55 When they lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56 Then a servant woman saw him sitting in the firelight. She stared at him and said, “This man was with him too.”
57 But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I don’t know him!”
58 A little while later, someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.”
But Peter said, “Man, I’m not!”
59 An hour or so later, someone else insisted, “This man must have been with him, because he is a Galilean too.” 60 Peter responded, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!” At that very moment, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the Lord’s words: “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.
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“Lord,” Peter said defiantly, “I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!” Little did he know that he wasn’t at all “ready” for that. Jesus knew him better than he knew himself. After Jesus’ arrest, Peter heatedly denied three times having been with Jesus. Then a rooster crowed, Jesus looked at him, and Peter “went out and cried uncontrollably.”
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Lord Jesus, like Peter, I keep finding a need to grow even in areas I thought I was done with. Thank you for your ongoing grace, for urging me to grow even when I’m comfortable. Amen.
As Easter approaches, I’ve been reflecting more on what life was like for Jesus and his 12 apostles. For as long as I can remember, Peter has always been my “favorite” apostle, and I’m just recently beginning to understand why. Peter, full of zeal and passion, was one of Jesus’ closest followers. And yet, when it came time for the crucifixion (and probably the deepest pain of Jesus’ life), Peter not only showed indifference but active denial of Jesus–THREE TIMES. It always blows my mind that Peter could been so close to Jesus and yet still betray him at this point (and Judas as well).
As I reflected on this, my biggest takeaway from the betrayals of both Judas and Peter is the vital importance of hope. Both men hurt their friend deeply, but one man was able to move forward in hope and trust, while the other was crushed under feelings of hopelessness.
Jacques Philippe states that “hope is a choice that often demands an effort. It is easier to worry, get discouraged, be afraid. Hoping means trusting. When we hope we are not passive, we are active.” * Peter’s hope gives me hope this Easter season. Regardless of how you come to this Easter, I pray that you are inspired by this hope as well.
* From Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom (translated by Helena Scott). New York: Scepter Publishers, Inc., 2007.
* Hamilton, Adam. 24 Hours That Changed the World – (p. 58). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.