HOLY WEEK: MONDAY

Read: Luke 22.54– 65 

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”

“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” And they said many other insulting things to him.

Meditate: For most of us it is not difficult to identify with Peter in this story. We all know, only too well, what it is to promise Jesus we will follow him faithfully - that we won’t let him down, that we are ready to stand firm, suffer if necessary, and to speak up for him and his kingdom whenever required - only to fall away at the first confrontation. Even a small inquiry from a small servant girl.

How do you pray at that point, finding yourself inside Peter’s skin when Jesus turns and looks straight at you?

But there is something else going on here. Notice the moment Peter realizes what he’s done and begins to weep in agony, at that precise moment, the soldiers begin mocking Jesus. Insulting Jesus. Beating Jesus. It is almost as though the shame that Peter was feeling at that moment was being heaped onto Jesus instead. 

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." - Is. 53v5

Pray: The apostle Paul tells us that the Lord said to him, “My power is made perfect in weakness.” As you think about Peter in this episode, think about your own weaknesses. Offer them to God for his healing, his blessing, and his strengthening. 

Engage: Shovel your neighbor’s driveway