(47-53) Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Yes, Jesus could have ordered His disciples to fight or He could have simply called down a league of angels to rescue Him, but escaping from the inevitable fate of the cross was the last thing on Jesus’ mind. Jesus had already submitted Himself to His Father’s will and He was determined to fulfill it. His love for us was so much greater than the shame of mockery, the agony of crucifixion, and the horror of death.
(54-62) Peter Denies Jesus
We ought to consider how our reaction to Jesus the Christ can affect others’ faith. Peter’s angry, blatant denial of Jesus might have given his inquirers a bad image of Him. Without knowing the full story, they might have wondered why he was so adamant about not being associated with someone who many considered to be the Christ. They probably concluded that He was guilty of whatever crime He was currently on trial for. Because our words, actions, and attitudes make impressions on people, we should be careful that our reaction to Jesus is one of positive pride, not shame, and of devoted love and loyalty, not embarrassment.
Favorite verse: (61) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”