Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the perseverance to study the Gospel of Mark. We offer bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 14: 53-72
VV 53-54, ” 53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire’’.
Jesus was trialed first by Annas, the high Priest’s father in law, then by Caiaphas, the high priest, and after that by the Sanhedrin. Peter followed Jesus at a distance.
VV 55-59, ‘’55The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree’’.
Annas, Caiaphas, and Sanhedrin looked for evidence to convict Jesus to sentence Him to death. Many gave conflicting testimonies and many even gave false testimonies against Jesus.
VV 60-65, ‘’60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think? ”They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophecy!” And the guards took him and beat him’’.
The high priest asked Jesus whether He was are the Messiah. He replied, ‘’I AM’’ and quoted Daniel 7:13, “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven”. Shouting blasphemy, the high priest tore his clothes. The tearing of the priest’s clothes signified the end of the priesthood. The destruction of the temple in 70 AD ended the institution of the priesthood.
VV 66-72, ‘’66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. ‘’You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. 68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said and went out into the entryway. 69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.’’
Peter’s speech betrayed him. Luke 6:45 b, ”For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. Peter cursed, swore, and denied Jesus three times. When the rooster crowed the second time, Peter broke down bitterly and wept. Peter failed but the Risen Jesus recommissioned Him, John 21:15-25. Peter preached and converted 3000 souls in Acts 2:14-41.
Heavenly Father, we pray for those of us who are disappointed with ourselves for whatever reason. We pray for restoration and recommission, in Jesus’ name, Amen.