Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:25-27, Matthew 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-14, Mark 15:2-5, Luke 23:1-7, John 18:28-37, Luke 23:8-12, Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25, John 18:38- 19:16

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:25-27, Matthew 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-14, Mark 15:2-5, Luke 23:1-7, John 18:28-37, Luke 23:8-12, Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25, John 18:38-19:16

The first few readings today talk about Peter's denials of Jesus, but if we look back at the man Peter was before this day, and also ahead to what he becomes, we see a man that lives the way we all want to live - for Christ. Jesus predicted these denials but Peter couldn't believe ahead of time that he would do this to Jesus.

Luke 22:60-62
Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. [61] The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” [62] And he went outside and wept bitterly.


We all make mistakes, but we need to ask for forgiveness and truly be sorry, then move on. If a man like Peter can make what we think are huge mistakes, and make things right again after, we need to as well.

Another part of today's reading that caught my attention was how Pilate tried to release Jesus, but eventually gave in to the pressure of the people and let Jesus be crucified.

Luke 23:13-16
Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, [14] and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.


Pilate tried to release Jesus, and stay away from this issue. He obviously didn't feel good about having Jesus locked up and eventually killed. But Pilate eventually left this issue alone, and therefore allowed Jesus to suffer and die.

Do we act like Pilate at times, do we try and please others first, instead of doing what's right and pleasing God first? Even when it was obvious to Pilate that Jesus didn't deserve the treatment He received, Pilate still allowed it to go on by stepping away. Do we allow negative pressure from others to influence us? I pray for strength in this, that I make good choices no matter the pressure I face to do the opposite.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-31, Matthew 27:33-44, Mark 15:22-32, Luke 23:32-43, John 19:17-27, Matthew 27:45-56, Mark 15:33-41, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-37, Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42

1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

Peter and Judas both betrayed Jesus, and they felt sorrow and distress over the actions. But Judas dealt with his sin by running away from Jesus instead of bringing his sin to Jesus, and death was the result.

We will sin. We will betray Jesus. And that's not ok in any way. But the most important thing is what we do after we sin. The only response that brings life, is to repent and run to Jesus.