(27-31) Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
Time and time again, Jesus the Christ told His disciples that He would rise again. In this passage, He says “…but after I am raised up…” He had not yet died and He was about to be betrayed, but Christ was already looking forward to the victory that was ahead. The present dark and dire circumstances could not cloud His faith or kill His hope. Christ’s strength was in His Heavenly Father and He trusted His will.
Peter and the other disciples obviously had doubts that Jesus would really rise from the dead. This is evidenced by their fleeing, Peter’s denial, and their depression after the crucifixion. If they had believed the words of Jesus, they would not have so easily despaired. They would not have lost all hope. They would not have been shocked when the women found the tomb empty on the third day.
Favorite verse: (36) And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”