Luke 22:54-71

I’d like to deal with Peter’s denial, but first it is the predictions of Jesus about what Peter would do that rivets my attention as to the divine nature of Jesus.  He also said what Judas would do as well.  He quoted a Psalm that he who ate bread with Him would lift up his heal against me.  Does that mean Peter had no choice in the matter?  We do have choices, but Christ in His foreknowledge knew how Peter would respond when the situation became intense and he was under fire.  Symbolically it could be said that Peter was warming himself by a fire built by the enemies of Christ.  In the same symbolic way we can warm ourselves by the world’s fire.  I could ask myself this question: What am I living for?  I would rather fix my gaze on Heaven and that blessed Man seated at the right hand of the Father.  But first of all He was born here and lived 33 years and then died to give me eternal life.

Are you the Christ?  Tell us.  He had to answer with truth.  Until this question came up, He said nothing.  He predicted that they would not believe.  He then told them that He would sit at the right hand of the power of God.  After his crucifixion, he would sit on the Father’s right hand.  The Father said, “Sit on my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Acts 2:34-35).  I believe this is the time Jesus was referring to that was predicted 1000 years earlier in Psalm 110:11.  Here David called Jesus his Lord.  The Bible called “the Book” is rich and also perfect.  It is up to us to cash in on its riches.  Our other choice is to leave it on the shelf.  People are dying in many parts of the world today for this very truth.  Would you be willing to die for what you believe about Jesus?

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