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Lenten Devotions: Day Sixteen

Thursday, March 24

We continue following the story of Jesus’ final hours, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, with Mark 14:66-72 (NRSV).

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt.

Then the cock crowed. And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it.

Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about.” At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Are there words or phrases that impact you in this passage?

Imagine you are Peter in this scene. What are you thinking and feeling in the courtyard? Why did you deny knowing Jesus?

What do you think of Peter’s denial?


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I can only guess the fear that Peter was experiencing--to know that the Master was going to be put to death, the son of God. How could this be? Fear is a powerful thing to deal with--that's why faith is needed.

This is a great insight into what Peter was experiencing, Spencer, and an excellent reminder on the importance of faith to overcome fear! Thank you for your words.

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