Matthew 26:69-27:10

51m | Jul 2, 2023

A Tale of Two Betrayals

Beginning of the Message:

"In the hours leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, not one, but two of His disciples betrayed Him, Judas betrayed Jesus by responding to the orders of the chief priests and the Pharisees, "...that if anyone knew where [Jesus] was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest Him." [John 11:57] 

And leading a great crowd with swords and clubs from the chief priests and the elders of the people to the Garden of Gethsemane, a place he knew Jesus frequented on His trips to Jerusalem. Judas also identified Jesus to the crowd by kissing Jesus, and after doing so the peoples with Judas seized and took hold of Jesus. 

Along with Judas, Peter also betrayed His Lord on this night, after exhibiting such bravado and self-confidence, as Jesus made it clear to the disciples that they would "...all fall away because of [Him] this night..." [Matt. 26:31] Peter responded with a boast, "Though they all fall away because of You, I will never fall away!" To which Jesus responded, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." [26:34] 

Not once, not twice, but three times! You will have THREE chances to prove your boast, but will fail to live up to it all three times! But Peter, brimming with pride in himself and his capacity to bear up under the oncoming pressures of the evening, doubled down saying to Jesus, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny You!" [26:35]?

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