Monday, April 11, 2022
31-32 Then Jesus told them, “Before the night’s over, you’re going to fall to pieces because of what happens to me. There is a Scripture that says,
I’ll strike the shepherd;
dazed and confused, the sheep will be scattered.
But after I am raised up, I, your Shepherd, will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee.”
33 Peter broke in, “Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won’t.”
34 “Don’t be so sure,” Jesus said. “This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times.”
35 Peter protested, “Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you.” All the others said the same thing.
-Matthew 26:31-35 The Message
Verse 31: Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Verse 32: But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
Verse 33: Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
Verse 34: Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
Verse 35: Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.
Verse 35 study: Talk is cheap. We can say we are dedicated to Jesus, but it must be meaningful. For example, the disciples said they would die before denying Jesus, but a few hours later, they scattered. How strong is your faith? Is it strong enough to stand up under intense trial?