Holy Saturday, March 31

Mark 14:53-72 (ESV)

53 And they led Jesus to the high priest.  And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.  54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.  And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire.  55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.  56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.  57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”  59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.  60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make?  What is it that these men testify against you?”  61 But he remained silent and made no answer.  Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”  62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”  63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?  64 You have heard his blasphemy.  What is your decision?”  And they all condemned him as deserving death.  65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!”  And the guards received him with blows.

66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”  68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.”  And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed.  69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”  70 But again he denied it.  And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”  71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”  72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time.  And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”  And he broke down and wept.

We are now at the day before the Resurrection.  We have made it through the Lenten season; but what will you take away from it?  We come to a crossroads with the unknown in our next season of life.

Peter was in the same boat on that night.  He had been going through a season of life as a disciple of Christ.  He spent time with the other 11 and Jesus.  Then he was thrust into the unknown with Jesus being taken away to be crucified.  He was fearful of a mob that wanted to destroy everything His master built.  He started this new season of live with flat out denying everything His master had taught him, not once but three times!

Peter got past this season and was able to glorify God through his action.  A fire in his soul caused him to preach the Gospel like no other.

As we enter a new season of our Christian walk, will you be like Peter in front of the world?  Will you keep Jesus to the homestead, or just to yourself?  Will you save him for Sunday?

Or will you let Jesus flourish and become a beacon of Hope that bleeds through to every part of your life?

The next step is crucial.  Do not be like Peter and deny Jesus.  Make goals and plan for the next season.  Do not keep Jesus in lent.  Let him be an everyday part of your life.  Let Jesus be a part of every action you take.  Do not let the roaster crow.

God thank you for this season of Lent.  I ask for guidance on this next season of life.  Point me in the right direction.  Guide my path.  Redeem me like Peter for your purposes.  Amen.

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