Ok, I’m back home, and I’ve been resting up the past 46 hours since return, and I’m finally having a proper go at finishing off the teaching from last week.
One problem, it’s too difficult – I can’t remember enough of what Peter said, and I didn’t get an opportunity to take notes. So, I’m going to work through the passage, using my knowledge and understanding gained from Peter’s teaching, my own (limited) wisdom and from various commentaries and half remembered sermons from long ago.
The passage is pretty big – Luke 22:54-23:49
Here’s the link, lets get reading.
Ok, so it’s split into 4 sections 3 large ones and a small
Accusation – the small one
These for sections are fortunately clearly sectioned in the passage as well, so nice easy links.
Who is Simon Peter? What do we know about him?
He’s a fisherman, self employed, practical. He meets Jesus and drops everything – leaves everything behind to follow him.
Simon ends up becoming Jesus’ right hand man, and is recognised as the “first pope” so to speak.
Here, however, we see Peter at his weakest – here he isn’t a church leader or even all the fired up.
He denies Jesus 3 times – the exact way Jesus predicts. I find this bit really encouraging, because here’s Peter – the guy who goes on to become a key leader in establishing the church – and he messes up. Then later on, in the great commission Jesus forgives him, and brings him back in.
I could go on for ages about how awesome that fact in it’s on write is, but there is more to write about!
The accusation “Luke 22:63-71”
Here the Roman soldiers are beating up Jesus – now I’ve been hit a fair few times, and it’s not always so bad. But imagine getting blind folded, and then having a group of army guys beat you, taunt you THEN you have to go and defend yourself in court.
Not easy, even harder when you realise that Jesus knew it was coming. He could have defended himself, he could have done lots of things. He didn’t have to let them.
But he does.
In the later verses the Pharisees challenge Jesus, ask him if he is the Messiah – they’re trying to trap Jesus.
He says he is – they kill him for blasphemy. He says no? he’s lying.
After the accusation is levelled they take Jesus to Pilate.
The trial – Luke 23:1-25
So, the rulers play hot potato with Jesus, until the Pharisees whip up the crowd and bully Pilate into crucifying Jesus.
Punishment (didn’t fit the “crime”) Luke 23:26-49
Now, crucifixion is the most painful method of death the Romans could come up with. They’re pretty hard core about all that.
Jesus is the fulfilment of the old testament. His death (and the method of it) then his resurrection, are all predicted.
” 7-9He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he’d never hurt a soul
or said one word that wasn’t true.
10Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.”
Isaiah 53. Wow. I could do a whole blog on this – I think thats for tomorrow though!
But this was written – over 600 years before Jesus was born. 600 years. and its BANG to rights.
Not only that, it says what we’re reminded off all through the rest of the new testament. Jesus’ death frees us from ourselves – from all the sinful aspects of ourselves. “Born again” our broken lives are made new – in simple speak – all jargon removed – Jesus died for us, when He died, he took all our debt, all the thing we’d done to upset God, and said ‘God, blame me for this, not them’ and what’s better. God did it.
So not only will God forgive our sins – which is awesome, but he’ll do it again and again. He knows we aren’t perfect that we’re only human. He took that into account and gave us a way out. One way – Jesus.
Thanks for reading! Hope this one isn’t THAT bad compared to the rest of the weeks.