by Christina Farris
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.
64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
65 And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.
66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
67 Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
68 And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.
69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. We have to remember back that Peter was from where Galilee.Know one would of really of known him in Jerusalem but there were those that knew Peter had been with Jesus has he warmed himself by the fire, listening for either word from the council of religious leaders what would happen to Jesus, or perhaps he could hear most or all the detail of these precedings. Yet he was asked three times about his association with Jesus. A woman first asked him was he not with Jesus, the second person said I saw you with him and the third person said art though not a Galileaen. Peter denied each time, and the third time a rooster crowed. We must remember at the last supper Jesus had told Peter he would deny him three times, and Peter argued he would not. Peter was in the garden ready to fight the soldiers that arrest Jesus, when he cut off the servants ear, but to go before a trial he was not. Peter went out and wept when he realized he had denied Jesus. He denied knowing him, something he thought he could and would never do. His friend, his Christ, and His Lord and yet he denies knowing him because he is on trial, because he claim to be God and because of an insurrection, that not mentioned in the book of Luke, but is in Mark.
How many would of denied knowing him? How many denies knowing any criminal that we may of had contact with or contact in the past. No one wants to be linked with a criminal. I can say I known a few that been to jail, it bothers me not, because I know those who also repented and knows Jesus as their Savior. Why does salvation make a difference, it might not stop a criminal from being what he is? That true. It does say this once their time is served they have paid for their crime, and they either have become meaner when they get out, or they will find faith in Christ who will change them, or they will have the will to change themselves because of being in jail. Yet the will on one's own does not mean crime presenting itself will not be committed again, and same with faith. Why because one has to decide whether to stand at the moment temptation hits to pray or to walk away or both. Crime is a human choice. Crime is not just a matter of right or wrong. A crime is an act of obeying either a need, or want/desire, or perhaps even habit to commit to get. To kill someone can be accident or totally willful violent act based solely on emotion or plot to kill which is premediated for one reason or another caused by negative feeling toward individual. All these things with choice prethought out. A killing accidentally can be one's fault though not premediated by action of one's own called drugs, alcohol, dropping a piano out a window, shooting not knowing what on the other side of the hill in the woods, when hunting. Each crime is different, but causing effect of action in someway. Now wrecking one's own car with passenger in it, is not murder of intent. No one planned to cause harm to the passenger or themselves.
Peter never intended to deny knowing Jesus. He never desired to deny Jesus, and now with cutting off of the servants ear, and Jesus healing it, only to now sit and listen to the trial of Jesus from a distance, knowing he could go to jail if thought to be part of the insurrection, or fanning of the flames that Jesus was God as a leader in the occult in Jerusalem. The reason the word occult, because the moment Jesus even claimed his Lordship, he became opposition to Jerusalem as another religion arising. Sounds sort of stupid but we must look from the temple point of view to see those not ready to receive Jesus as a God, Savior, Messiah, and so forth did not want his group to survive. He being part of the insurrection only made the Priest son look good name Barabbas, though Barabbas had murdered.
When it comes to religion people either stand on their conviction which is stronger then anything else or they fall, because their religion has no power. Peter fell because Jesus was in chains, and though he witnessed many things, Jesus was not fighting back, but had laid his power down to deliver even himself up at the present. Jesus was no longer speaking out against the Pharisees, or denying his Messiahship, as he came down the hill into Jerusalem in the Triumphal entry and the people had Sung Hosanna to the King. Yet When Jesus asked if he was God, he says you say that I am.
Israel even in the wilderness went against God when they heard his voice. they wanted Moses to be the one to listen to God, the event was to much for them. I have to wonder how Jeremiah and Isaiah even with all the negative prophecy could say Lord here am I. Then I realize God was showing them not only to warn but to enable them to prepare the people for what was coming. That whatever God spoke also means with repentance there was hope, even if punishment came.
Jesus had prophesied to Peter and the disciples of what was going to happen, and now Peter was a witness of the events that followed. Not only witness, but one that would deny association, to the point he cried, because he never desired to do that very thing. Yet instead of standing by and saying I was with him and defending Jesus, he ran off and wept. The soldiers blindfolded Jesus and the smote/hit Jesus in the face. mocking him as to prophesy who was hitting him. Soon they leaders would take him before legal leaders of the land to see if they could crucify Jesus.
Do people deny who Jesus is because of his association of crime in the book of Mark, though he stood on his faith for his action, of doing it for God and because the money changers were dirtying the temple court with their selling. They were making the temple into a den of thieves with their selling. It was his Father's house, and he still taught after the insurrection. With all the evidence would you have long to stand with Jesus or would you have turned away as Peter did.
Without the resurrection of Christ is their any hope left. Christ is either who He claimed or he is not. With his resurrection with his ascension into heaven he is all that he claimed to be and God said he was on the day of his baptism, that this was his Son whom he was will pleased. The prophesy of his birth becomes necessary to know, the prophesy of why He called Messiah because he would take away the sins of the world. Only God can remove sin from us, through the sacrifice He provides through His Son.
Is me telling you the reason for the cross enough for you to believe or do you need to examine the story further. Two things that sent Jesus to the cross, but both necessary to get him to the cross to pay for our sin debt. God is a way maker. Abraham only had to carry the wood to the altar and lay his Son on it. It took a couple of days to get to the mountain, once there God would provide the sacrifice so Abraham did not have to kill his Son. The Priest would not have to kill his Son, but Jesus was going to die in his place, because of Roman law that said one person could be released during Passover. Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb. None of the Roman leaders wanted to crucify Jesus only the crowd.
Study the culture and the religion of Jewish faith we see much symbolism, but we must understand the symbolism to understand events that took place. Is enough to understand to see Jesus as Messiah, dying for sins, Dying for the first man Abraham sin, paying the punishment for his sin that caused him to die and all others to die as well, yet not ever without hope. It maybe harder to understand this place called the New Jerusalem or Beulah land that God is still preparing and is shaping for us to call home, if we believe. A place one day Christ return to rapture us up to meet him in the sky to stand on the new land of Jerusalem/Beulah land coming down from heaven. Something we have to just wait for, and other things we have to understand it is not only hope or dream, but a reality of things to come, just like the prophesy surrounding Jesus birth,death and resurrection. Religious leaders where watching all the events not understanding, but one day would see.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for giving us Jesus for our sin. Help us to stand on the promise of your return. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
(Peter story not finished will be soon, for there is hope for Peter like the rest of the world.)
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
1 Corinthians 15:22-23 KJV
Isaiah 62:1-4 KJV