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Context: Matthew 26
Focus: Matthew 26:31-35
““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.'” Matthew 26:31
Summary: On the way to the Mount of Olives, Jesus told the disciples they would all desert Him as written in the scriptures.
“God will strike the Shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”
But after being raised from the dead He told them He would go ahead of them to Galilee and meet them there. However, Peter told Jesus that even if everyone deserted Him, He would not. But Jesus told Peter that very night He would deny Him, three times saying he did not even know Him. This would take place before the rooster crows. Peter insisted He would not deny Him even if it meant his death, and all of the disciples vowed the same.
Reflection: It was in Peter’s heart to follow Jesus even if it meant His death. How many of us feel the same way. But as scripture has pointed out,
“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I can relate so many times, even when in casual conversation, the Holy Spirit has prompted me to speak up and proclaim the Word of Truth. But instead, I grieve over the many times, I was silent as I walked away, as though to proclaim, as Peter did,
“I do not know my Lord.”
CR- Zechariah 13:7, Mark 14:27, John 16:32,
Matthew 26:56, Isaiah 53:10, Matthew 26:41
My Prayer: Lord, the time has come to proclaim you and your Word, without holding back. I know as I seek this with all my heart, you will strengthen me to overcome my flesh.
Thank you, Lord you restore us and we learn in the refining fire, how to overcome because you first loved us. “And you will turn your hand upon the little ones.” Zechariah 13:7
John 21: 15-19,