Matthew 26:69–75 (ESV)
Peter Denies Jesus
Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath:
“I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he
began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three
times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter is often my hero. Maybe because he sometimes speaks before he thinks, or acts before thinking.
I can relate to him. It makes me realize that even Peter was not perfect, he needed Jesus forgiveness too. In today’s reading, Peter boldly confess that he would never deny Christ, but he quickly learns that he does deny Christ three times.
Peter has good intentions, but sometimes he gets in God’s way. In today’s reading… “he went out and wept bitterly.”
O Lord, help me to be your servant, but help me to not get in your way. Amen.
Matthew 26:57–68 (ESV)
Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council
57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas
the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 59 Now
the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and
said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’ ” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these
men testify against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus
said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He
has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spit
in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”
Notice that Peter is bravely following Jesus and wants to know
what is going on. Jesus stands trial before the Council. Christ notes that He will come again to judge them and all who have sinned. He makes this confession so He can go to the cross and die for all who have perverted justice. Today, deal fairly with others,
and pray for your persecutors. The death of Jesus atones for your sins and avails for them too.
I pray: Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible
(St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1644.
Matthew 26:47–56 (ESV)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer
had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus
said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant
of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot
appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55 At that hour Jesus said
to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of
the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Today’s reading again reflects that the disciples still did not understand
Christ’s plan of salvation. They try to protect Jesus, yet Jesus lets them know that he doesn’t need their protection. If he needed protection, God would send 12 legions of angels. This is equivalent to 72,000 angels. Wow,
a reminder that God is in control even when things seem out of control.
I pray: O Lord, help me to let you be in control. Too often, I think I have
everything under control. I repent and want to do better. Amen
Matthew 26:36–46 (ESV)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and
troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying,
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch
with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed,
“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went
away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the
hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Prayer is communication, communication with our
Triune God. I pray before I eat, when I go to bed, when I get up, when I am happy, when I am troubled, when I hurt, when I don’t know what else to do… and we are to pray. Jesus teaches us to pray in today’s reading and Jesus
did have a lot on his mind. His life is at stake. He knows he is about to die a painful death. Jesus even gets personal and says: “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Jesus continued the
path to the cross for you.
I pray: O Lord, If I say that little sins do not hurt anyone, they hurt you. I’m sorry and repent of all my sins…
big or little. You felt every one of them. I want to do better. Thank you for your plan of Salvation. Amen.
Matthew 26:30–35 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I
will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 Peter answered him, “Though they
all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter
said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.
What I have to say is short, but leaves you thinking.
Peter is called out for he will deny Christ three times, but Jesus did say: “You will all fall away because of me this night.”
I pray: O Lord,
I repent of all my sins and denials I have committed to and against you. Forgive me, I want to do better. Amen.