John 18:1-25

For the last several months we have been walking through the life and teachings of Jesus as told to us by someone who walked with Him, the Apostle John.

As we approach the end of Jesus’ life and earthly ministry, we spent some time this week in John 18 and looked at Jesus’ arrest, trials before the High Priest and Peter’s denials. Peter’s acts of brave stupidity in the Garden and his subsequent denials of being a disciple of Jesus should give us hope. There are many times we are doing what we feel is best – whether that be personally, politically or even spiritually – but that are simply not what Jesus has intended for us. His rebuke of Peter becomes a rebuke to our own self-righteousness. Peter’s denials at the home of the High Priest deepen the wound that he feels and Jesus continues to march toward His atoning death on the cross. The glance across the courtyard as the rooster crowed from Jesus must have been loaded with a question that could be asked of us today: “Do you still love me like you used to?” Peter would spend the next several days wrestling with that very question, until by a miraculous event, Jesus would show up to restore him personally…much like He would do for us if we were honest with our deep need for His grace.

So, how about you? Is there self-righteousness in you that is preventing you from following Jesus and building His kingdom? Have you denied being a follower? Have you left a conversation ‘short’?

If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here.

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