July 27, 2014

Jesus on Trial

Passage: Mark 14:53-72

Having been arrested by the mob, Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin to stand trial. The disciples have scattered and even Mark has fled, naked and ashamed. But Peter follows at a distance. He faces his own parallel trial, and Mark sandwiches these events to highlight the juxtaposition. Peter warms himself in the courtyard of the high priest, ready to lie to save his skin while Jesus will tell the truth to give his life for others. This vivid account reveals God’s unfailing love for us and our failing love for him. But even here hope prevails as Jesus’ prophecies come true both for himself and Peter. God would give us a sorrow like Peter’s that leads to repentance, and repentance to joy.

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