April 23, Reading 3 – Mark 14:27-52

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SAA Notes

The book of Zechariah was much on Jesus’ mind at this crucial time. Jesus based His actions and understanding on the veracity and reliability of the Old Testament. What speaks to your heart and mind in this passage?

SJA Notes

Sorrow upon sorrow.

One with hope, the other without.

Peter was to deny Jesus, despite his protestations – And Jesus knew that.

Judas had already betrayed Jesus – An act that Jesus had foretold previously.

Peter was like us, weak flesh, who entered into temptation.

Judas was like us, weak flesh, who entered into temptation.

So what was the difference?

Jesus.

In that strange and wonderful mystery of God’s providence, Jesus’ death paid the penalty for Peter’s sin, but Judas died outside the camp, away from the saving work of the Son of God.

As with Peter, so with us – We can have hope even though we are broken, even though we might choose that most terrible of deeds – To when questioned deny our Saviour.

Where is our hope?

Our hope is in Jesus!

* Gracious God,

Thank You for saving us. You chose us before we were born, even before the world was made!

Thank You for Jesus, our Saviour, our Redeemer who lives and who will at last stand upon the earth.

Thank You that after our skin has been destroyed, yet in our flesh we will see You.

We long for that day, Father above.

Come Lord Jesus, come!

Amen.

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