The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 5 - Day 4
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 22:54-62 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
Peter is someone who loved Jesus; there is no doubt about this from the gospels. Yet Jesus knew how easily people could be tempted. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus had told them to pray that they would not enter into temptation. When he found them sleeping, Jesus scolded them. He knew how serious would be the temptations they would face that very evening.
That Peter used the sword to try to defend Jesus was his way of trying to fulfill his promise not to forsake Jesus. Jesus had rebuked him however and told him to put up his sword. Then all the disciples fled, but Peter and John followed at a distance into the courtyard of the high priest’s home.
The night air could have been chill. There was apparently a fire in the courtyard for those who were served in the priest’s household. As the high priest, he no doubt often had visitors. This would be where their servants would wait until the business was concluded. Peter waited by the fire, keeping warm with the others.
It seems however that Peter could not hide his accent. It gave him away as being from Galilee, not Jerusalem. In the face of what would seem to be small temptations, Peter’s courage completely drained away. Luke is the only gospel that reports that when the rooster crowed, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Them Peter remembered Jesus’ words and went out and wept bitterly.
Things to Consider –
· Why do you think Peter, who had been brave enough at the time of the arrest to wield the sword, became so cowardly in the courtyard?
· What does this story tell you about how easily we can fall in temptation?
· When was the last time temptation caused you to do something you later regretted?
· Why do you think God allowed Peter, who was to be the leader of the apostles, to go through this?
· What do you think it was like for Peter when he looked and saw Jesus turn to look at him?
· What does Peter’s remorse say about him?
Guide for Prayer –
· Close your eyes and take one full minute to calm your mind and gather your spirit.
· Thank God that the Bible is honest about the failings of people, even its leaders and heroes.
· Thank God that he shows us grace after our failures and accepts us back when we turn to him again.
· Ask God for more courage to face your trials, struggles, responsibilities, and temptations.
· Think of one significant temptation you face and ask God for help in it.
· Prayer to the Father – God, thank you that you love us in spite of our failures.
· Prayer to the Son – Lord Jesus, forgive me for not being more willing to take a stand for you in the world.
· Prayer to the Holy Spirit – Give me confidence and boldness to be able to stand up for you with my words and actions.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.