There is Hope for the Rest of Us
Peter was bold and brash. He was the unofficial leader of the disciples. He boasted of his loyalty, but when push came to shove, he failed miserably. As Jesus was facing trial, Peter was recognized. Suddenly, he wasn’t bold anymore. He denied that he knew Jesus. One would think that this would be the end of his story. But it wasn’t. He was commissioned for ministry and if God forgave Peter, he can forgive you. There’s hope for the rest of us.
12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.
Peter Denies Jesus
15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
Walking with Jesus to the Cross
Easter is only a few weeks away. So, we’ll step into the Gospel of John for a few weeks and walk with Jesus to the cross. Here is where the Lord’s substitutionary sufferings for the world begins.