02.11.2017 – New Testament: Matt 26.31–35
To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 26.20–54 on February 11, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
When we hear someone speak and he mentions our name, we hear that part more than anything else the speaker says, especially if what he said criticizes us. Watch Peter,
Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples (Matthew 26.31–35).
Jesus prophesied of His resurrection and informed the disciples that He would meet them in Galilee. However, what Peter heard was that he and his fellow-apostles would stumble because of Jesus, even that very night. Peter immediately sought to refute Jesus, claiming loyalty to the Lord regardless of the circumstances, even if it meant death. Yet, Jesus revealed that Peter would deny knowing the Lord.
Peter could not wrap his mind around that possibility, but it happened that very night, just as Jesus said.
- Are you careful with your words?
- Do you ever have to take your words back?