Luke 22:35-71

Luke 22:35-38 - What I get from this is not that Jesus wants us to be armed, rather that he was communicating to them that things are about to change. While he's here, he's setting the stage for the kingdom, soon the kingdom will be established. Until it's been established, it cannot really be attacked. When it is established, it can and will be attacked. They need to change their mindset and be prepared.

Luke 22:39-46 - This small paragraph only scratches the surface of what Jesus was going through here. Every once of his humanity was fighting against what had to be done, yet his soul longed to fallow the father's will. The battle between soul and flesh was so intense he was sweating blood. Jesus did not simple walk into the hands of the Jews and on to the cross, he battled his flesh to force it into the father's will, just as we do on a lesser scale all the time. It's so easy to gloss over this small paragraph and miss the agony he went through as he faced the decision point - submit or run.

Luke 22:45 - It's easy to dismiss the disciples here as clueless be cause they slept. But here it says they were 'sleeping for sorrow'. As Jesus battled his will, as he sweat blood and his anguish was so great, an angel appeared to comfort him, how do you think that effected the disciples? Can you imagine, not really understanding what's going on but knowing that your teacher and friend was wrestling deeply, battling his will and hurting. It would take a toll on you. You'd weep, wanting to comfort but not knowing what to say. The helplessness of being present but disconnected from understanding would be draining. As you hurt and Jesus fought, sleep would overtake your weary soul.

Luke 22:60-61 - And there it is, Peter's denial. The emotions and fear of the moment were too great and he forgot Jesus' warning. Three denials, and then the rooster. "And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered ... and wept bitterly."

I wonder why Jesus used the rooster. He could have used anything. The rooster crowing was a disconnected event from what was happening. Like an alarm clock or a warning siren. When that happened, he would be snapped out of the emotions of the moment and brought back to Jesus' words. I imagine that glance from Jesus felt like a sword through his heart. And think of this - each morning for the rest of his life, he'd be taken right back to that spot. A daily reminder of his biggest failing. The morning rooster crow, and he'd see those eyes again, and be reminded of the time he had denied his friend. I wonder if Jesus knew that Peter would need that reminder to stay faithful. Every. Day. Don't forget, you once deserted him. Don't forget, the hurt in his eyes when you did. Don't forget how it felt to be apart from him. Don't forget.

In the musical Upside Down about the book of Acts, Peter comments something like "I must have killed 30 roosters those first couple of years." I wouldn't doubt it.

But over time, he would remember this day less and the day that Jesus cooked him fish on the beach more. The failure would fade, except that with would continue to stand in stark contrast to the grace of Jesus taking him back and leaving him to lead this new church. He would remember that Jesus knew ahead of time, but had also said then "but when you return ..."

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