It happened on the night
of the Last Supper. Jesus was eating with His disciples and teaching
them. His last lesson was intended to show them how much they
needed His power. As their last hours together stole quickly past,
Jesus suddenly called out to Simon Peter.
"Simon, Simon behold,
Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat!"
Peter answered, "Lord
with you I am ready to go both to prison and to death!"
Jesus replied, "I
tell you Peter, the rooster will not crow until you have denied
three times that you know me." Simon felt ashamed that Jesus
would say such a thing about him. He kept on telling the Lord
that he would never deny Him. Soon all the other disciples joined
in. They all promised that they would never deny Jesus.
After the meal, Jesus
took the disciples to a garden to pray. All of the disciples fell
asleep and left Jesus to pray all alone. After they had been sleeping
for an hour or so they awoke to hear the rough voices of soldiers
who were surrounding Jesus with lanterns.
Peter jumped up and swung
his sword at the nearest man to him. He wanted to prove that he
would never deny Jesus. The soldiers wanted to arrest the disciples
but Jesus asked that they be let go. The soldiers marched Jesus
away and Peter followed so that no one could see him. He didn't
know how he could help Jesus but he was determined not to deny
Jesus was taken to the
house of the high priest. The soldiers took Him right in to be
questioned. It seemed like everything was planned to make it easy
to arrest Jesus. At night there would not be crowds of people
to complain that they wanted Jesus to be let go. Peter thought
to himself that it was too late to do anything to help Jesus now.
Peter heard yelling inside the high priest's house. He started
to be afraid.
For the rest of the night
he let the devil suggest fearful thoughts to him. Three times
he denied to the people standing outside the house that he knew
Jesus. Just as he was saying he did not know Jesus for the third
time he saw the soldiers leading Jesus out of the house. As he
walked past, Jesus turned and looked at Peter with a gentle but
grieved look on His face. A rooster started crowing. The high
priest had kept Jesus up all night questioning Him while the devil
had kept Peter fearful all night as he sifted his heart. Peter
went out into the dark and cried but it was the look of love on
the face of Jesus that brought Peter back out of the darkness
later and helped him to control his tongue.
Taken from Luke 22:14-62