April 25, 2018
Mark 14:26-31 New Living Translation (NLT)
Have you ever found yourself emphatic about something only to find later you were wrong? In our passage today, Jesus tells the disciples they will desert him when trouble comes. Peter proclaims emphatically that he will NEVER desert or deny Christ even if he has to die in the process. We shall see that Jesus knew Peter better than Peter knew himself. Jesus knows each one of us better than we know ourselves and the sooner we accept that as truth the better off we will be for the work of the kingdom.
26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
27 On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,
‘God will strike[a] the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”
30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for knowing me so well and for extending mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.