2049.) Luke 22:54-71

“Peter Denies Jesus” by Linda Roberts, 2007.

Luke 22:54-71 (NIV)

Peter Disowns Jesus

54Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

57But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

The expression “I do not know him” had an idiomatic use in Jewish ban formulas in the synagogue and could mean, “I have nothing to do with him.”


58A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

59About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

60Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61The 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.” 62And he went outside and wept bitterly.

“Peter weeping bitterly” by Annie Vallotton for the Good News Bible

The Guards Mock Jesus

63The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.

The children’s rhyme goes, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this is a patently false statement, for words can hurt far past the time a broken bone is healed. Jesus endured the worst of both of these kinds of abuse, being both mocked and beaten.

–David Guzik

64They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?”

Of course, Jesus not only could tell the one who struck Him, but he could also tell everything about the man—the physical description, his life story, the number of hairs on his head, and every sin he had ever committed—but Jesus did not.

–David Guzik

65And they said many other insulting things to him.

Jesus Before the Council

“The Morning Judgment” by James Tissot, 1894 (Brooklyn Museum, New York)

66At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67“If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

Jesus stands His ground. In essence, His reply is “You may sit in judgment of Me today, but I one day will sit in judgment of you, when you will see that the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

–David Guzik

70They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

Exodus 3:14 (NASB)

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

71Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”



HERE  Twila Paris sings one of my favorites:  “We Will Glorify.”

“We will glorify the King of Kings, we will glorify the Lamb, we will glorify the Lord of Lords, who is the great  I AM.”


New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
Roberts.    http://www.markdroberts.com/images/Stations-Cross-Large/Stations-4-peter-large.jpg
Vallotton.    http://www.artbible.net/3JC/-Mat-26,69_Peter,denies,%20weeps_Pierre,%20renie,%20pleure/20%20VALLOTTON%20PIERRE%20PLEURA%20AMEREMENT.jpg
Tissot.    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Morning_Judgment_(Le_jugement_du_matin)_-_James_Tissot.jpg

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