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Monday, June 24th, 2024
the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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Day by Day Devotional - Year 4 of 5
Devotional: June 24th

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Luke 22:54-71

Poor Peter! While the Lord Jesus was praying, he was sleeping; while the Lord Jesus let Himself be taken and led away "like a lamb . . . that is brought to the slaughter" (Jeremiah 11:19; Isaiah 53:7), Peter struck out with his sword (v. 50; cf. John 18:10). Finally while the Lord confessed the truth before men, Peter lied three times and denied the Lord Jesus (Psalms 69:12; Psalms 1:1 end). How could he ever witness for the Lord Jesus in such a position?

A simple look from the Lord breaks the heart of the poor disciple more than reproaches would ever have done. Oh, that look! It penetrated his conscience and began there a work of restoration. This denial, so great a sorrow to the Lord, is yet another addition to all the outrages He had suffered (vv. 63-65).

The wicked men before whom He stands are themselves obliged to acknowledge that "the Son of man" (v. 69) is at the same time "the Son of God" (v. 70). That is why the Lord Jesus is able to reply to them, "Ye (yourselves) say that I am". That is also why they are infinitely more guilty in condemning Him after such words!

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