LD 39, 40, 41, 42: Maybe I Should Just Give Up!

2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-7
Phillipians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66
I always find it interesting that Peter is the disciple who is remembered for denying Christ. Matthew 27:35 says, “And all the other disciples said the same.” They all said they would never disown Jesus. They all said they would die with him. Yet it is Peter who is remembered as the disciple who makes this commitment, and it is Peter whose disloyalty is remembered. Matthew 27:56 says: “Then all of the disciples deserted him and fled.” Why aren’t they all forever enshrined as the disciples who ran away? Is because they become minor characters from here on out? They aren’t the rocks on whom Jesus builds his church? Peter is the one who follows him all the way to Caiaphas. Matthew 27:58 says, “But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.” Peter is sort of a metaphor for my relationship with Jesus: I commit. I follow at a distance. I enter the court of the hight priest, and then I sit on my ass watching what might happen. I might even deny I know the guy. I go outside and weep bitterly. Repeat.

Isaiah 42:1-7
John 12:1-11
Kind of sucks that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead just so someone could plot to kill him?!

Isaiah 49: 1-6
John 13:21-38
The structure of this passage is interesting. Especially verses 27 and 30: “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him…As soon as Judas had taken the bread he went out. And it was night.” What am I supposed to make of this parallel structure? Is the part that is framed important? Are the words that frame this important? Is the parallel important: Satan comes in, Judas goes out. I am not sure what to do with it, but it must be important or else John wouldn’t have used such an obviously rigid construction. Either way: the moment Judas takes the bread is the crucial moment. One that can never be changed.
Here we have Peter’s story again: “I will lay down my life for you.” But before the cock crows, Peter denies Jesus. He disowns him three times. I think Peter and I would either love each other or kill each other, we are so similar.

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