Hey all! Happy Sunday! Enjoy this mini Easter. 🙂
Today’s scripture: John 18: 12-27 (NRSV) So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
Today at the CoOp we are talking about denial (not just a river in Egypt…ha…ha…ha). I won’t talk too much about it here (as it is Sunday and I am preaching it up today in all three services). I will say this. We all deny…ourselves, who we are, where we belong, and God. We all do it. It is not just a kid thing or a that guy over there type of thing. We do it. Everyday. I currently am denying that I don’t have enough time to get it all done…or that I could use a bit more sleep….orrrr…etc. You get the idea.
We do it in our spiritual lives too. I deny the time I need to be with God or I deny certain aspects of my spiritual life that I can’t even think of right now.
We all do it. You are not unique in this one. Peter represents us. Here’s the fantastic part….Jesus never denies who he is in the scripture. And Jesus doesn’t leave us behind. Ever. Never ever.
Chew on that for a bit….
Talk to you more tomorrow.