Posts Tagged ‘Peter denies Jesus’

An Emotional Night

Take control of them and choose wisely which way you should go.

WARNING: Long read ahead!

We are walking through the last evening with Jesus, this side of the grave. This night is jam packed full of emotion. It is filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want to peek under the surface and see what is driving the different participants.

Because this night is so complex and the participants widely varied, I want to break it down by event and then by participant. We will NOT be able to look at ALL the participants but I will try to touch on several during each different event. I’m going to confine our time to the hours of the night which will take us from the dinner table to Jesus’ “trial” before Caiaphas. We will have to back up a couple of steps to find motivations in some of our participants though. Read more »

John 18:15-18 & 25-27 I Sit and Ponder

So full of questions and loving each answer, or new question too

We are going to be looking at one of the stories that made it into all four gospels. Not many stories make that cut but this one did. I’m not sure what God is going to bring out of this story tonight but we will find out together.

Feel free to pop back over and revisit the previous tellings of this story if you want to. In “I Don’t Know This Man” we see the story from Peter’s perspective. In “The Bird is Heard” we look at the scene from Jesus perspective. And in “A Story Everyone Needs to Hear” we look at why even Peter shared this event with any who would listen.

While reading John’s account I noticed a couple of things. The first thing I noticed was that “another disciple” going along with Peter as they followed Jesus is only told about by John. We have come to accept that it is John who is the unnamed disciple. This is because of him referring to himself many times in his telling of Jesus’ story and not actually stating his name. He often refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Since he didn’t use that verbiage in this instance could he have been referring to someone else? If not, how did he know the high priest enough that he could order around his servants? Could this “disciple” have actually been Nicodemus? Certainly he would have fit that description. Read more »

Luke 22:54-62 A Story Everyone Needs to Hear

Jesus’ love is for NOW AND LATER!

It’s a little after midnight (our time) when we join Jesus in our reading today. He is enduring the first portion of His trials. This will be a night that will affect history forever. This night is significant for Peter too and he will never be the same again afterwards.

Have you ever had an incident happen in your life that you can’t seem to live down? Something embarrassing or even humiliating that EVERYONE seems to want to share? An event that is retold as a warning or an example? Well, this night is Peter’s turn to give everyone something to talk about for forever. Read more »

Mark 14:66-72 The Bird is Heard

Peter's new nightmare sound

Peter’s new nightmare sound

To me this is one of the saddest stories in the bible. Peter is watching Jesus, on trial for His life, yet the one Peter is most concerned for is himself. We join Jesus in Caiaphas’ inner courtyard as Peter watches from the outer courtyard.

When we looked at this story in Matthew we viewed it through Peter’s eyes. The article containing that perspective is titled: “I Don’t Know This Man.” Today I want to look at it through Jesus’ eyes.

Peter’s denial and Jesus’ trial were happening simultaneously. Peter’s first denial happened just after he arrived. He had been following, from a distance, Jesus and the mob that had Him bound.  Jesus was being questioned by Annas at that time. Read more »

Matthew 26:69-75 “I Don’t Know This Man”

Before the cock crows

Before the cock crows

We are joining Peter in the courtyard of Caiaphas’ home today. Peter started off the night swearing his allegiance to Jesus, demonstrated that allegiance by lopping off the High Priest’s servant’s ear, then fled into the night after Jesus told him to put his sword away. After Jesus was bound and led away, Peter circled back and followed Jesus as He was taken to Caiaphas’ home. Peter was snuck in the door by John and is now hanging around with the guards who brought Jesus here. Peter is here for one reason; to find out what will happen to Jesus. Tonight, though, Peter is about to face his greatest fall. Read more »