The passage for today is Matthew 26:69-27:10. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Matthew 26:69-27:10 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Two of the disciples are highlighted in this section of scripture…Peter and Judas. Peter denies his association with Jesus and Judas betrays Jesus to the religious leaders for silver. It is painful to read of the betrayal and abandonment that Jesus suffered before He was tried and led away to be crucified. As an oncology nurse, I’ve had the privilege of being with families and patients in those last, precious, sacred days and sometimes hours of life. There is usually one common theme among them all…they are most often surrounded by their loved ones in their suffering, and this brings a level of peace, consolation, love, and comfort to the patient. Somehow, we all find a little solace in the thought, “at least they are not alone.” With these experiences that I’ve had, I find one of the most painful parts of Jesus’ sacrifice is His betrayal and being left alone by those closest to Him. There was no one holding His hand or supporting Him in His trial or fighting on His behalf…It makes me realize the sin of the heart goes so deep. There is a level of familiarity when I read Peter’s denial, because I’ve been there too. I’ve committed that offense before, perhaps not in the same manner as Peter but it’s the same in the eyes of my Father. I think we can all probably admit that we have committed some form of denial. Peter was likely at his lowest point after he heard the rooster crow. He had come to face the truth of his depravity and realized that he wasn’t what he thought he was.
Our hearts and our strength certainly fail, “but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” because He has given us His Holy Spirit. Peter had come to the end of himself after this incident. He was brought low and was greatly humbled by his fearful, quick-to-speak reaction he had when he denied knowing Christ. I think God used this powerfully in Peter’s life because he was brought to the end of himself. We must come to the end of ourselves as well. This is vitally important for the work of the Holy Spirit to take place in us and through us. Like Peter, we must realize that there really is nothing of our own effort and strength that we can trust in or rely on. We truly are nothing without the Lord.
Father, I thank You for Your forgiveness that covers our sin…even in times when we have committed a form of denial like Peter. But I praise You that Peter became a testimony of the power of God when he came to the end of himself, and he became emptied out only to be filled to the fullness of the Holy Spirit. What a transformation You made out of Peter! God, would you transform us in the same manner? Would you bring us to the place where we are humbled and brought low before You? Amen.
This post was written by Amee Kuch.