11/9/2018 — Matthew Chapter 26 & Mark Chapter 14
I am sure you noted the parallelism in these two readings. And each are so filled with emotion and significant actions that a summary would be difficult. So I will share one item I read that for some reason “stuck-out” to me this time.
Matthew 26: 34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
Mark 14: 30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
When you read the highlighted words what comes to your mind? To me it is that we usually hear Peter criticized for his denial and weakness. But all of the disciples had made the same pledge and, yet, where were they? We know from John 18 that “another disciple” was with him &, yet, we see no support for Jesus from this man.
Peter was not alone in his abandonment of the Lord and His mission. How often do we do the same?