Jesus' TrialMatthew 26:57-75
; Matthew 27:1-26Mark 14:53-72
; Mark 15:1-15Luke 22:54-71
; Luke 23:1-25John 18:12-40
; John 19:1-15Go Deeper
Matthew alone records the moment when Pilate's wife makes an appeal for Jesus. Click here
to read what various commentaries have to say about this unique event.ReflectMark 14:71
: "Peter said, 'I swear by God, I don't know this man you're talking about.'"
Even though the main focus of these chapters in on Jesus' trail before the Jews and the Romans, all four Gospel writers take time to mention Peter. And here we see him at his lowest. The day had been bad enough for Peter. At supper earlier, Jesus had announced that one of the twelve would betray Him. And despite their protests, Jesus insisted they would abandon Him, and Peter would deny knowing Him. Then in the garden Jesus willingly went with His captors. Peter didn't know what to think anymore.
When we're most confused, physically weak, or just plain tired, Satan always attacks. For Peter, that attack came in the form of a servant girl making the innocent observation, "You were one of those with Jesus, the Nazarene." Before he knew it Peter was calling down curses and swearing by God that he didn't know Jesus.
Coming to Christ doesn't mean that Satan ignores you—he's petty that way. And he always presses his attacks when we're the weakest, and tries to convince us that we never really knew God. He knows he can't have you, but he'll cause you pain if he can.
But remember the words that Jesus told Peter only hours before: "Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak" (Mark 14:38
). And then praise God that your spirit is secure with Him forever and that one day a new body will be given.Respond
This isn't the end of the story for Peter! In John 21 we see Jesus lovingly restore Peter. In Acts, we see Peter stepping up to be the rock of the early church that Jesus said He would be. And in Peter's epistles, we see just how much this provincial fisherman grew and matured over a lifetime of serving Christ.
Wherever you are at in your relationship with Christ, you're not at the end of your story. There is always a way back, and always a loving Savior with His arms held wide waiting for you.
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