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Luke 22:54-62 (ESV)
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 22:54-62
- Peter cared about Jesus enough to follow him, yet he followed “at a distance” and was found to be sitting “together” with others near a kindled fire. What do these facts reveal about the frailty of man? How is this true of my life?
- Are there some parallels between Peter’s denial of being associated with Jesus and the way I live?
- Jesus already knew that Peter would deny him, and yet his prayer for Peter was to turn back from his failure and strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:32). Given that this was Jesus’ prayer for Peter, what might have been in the heart of Jesus as he “turned and looked at Peter”?
- What did Peter remember, and how did this lead him to repent? What implication does this have about the role of God’s word in my life?