Luke22: 52-71

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Luke 22: 52-71

The Mystery of Godliness

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour-when darkness reigns.”

Matthew characterizes the group as “a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people”. Mark adds “teachers of the law” or “scribes” to the list John includes “a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees”

Jesus points out the irony of the situation. By day, he has been teaching openly in the very temple that these soldiers have been guarding, and yet they have not arrested him there in the full light of day. Rather, they wait for the cover of darkness of night to hide their deeds, symbolizing the evil that motivates them.

54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55 But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.

Peter’s first mistake was that he followed at a distance. Following Jesus afar off is always a dangerous place to be When we distance ourselves from Jesus it is harder to step up for Him at the critical time.

Next, Peter sat among “them”- the ungodly – having left the fellowship of the disciples. Peter wants to be just one of the crowd and not be identified as a follower of Jesus so Peter sat down at the enemy’s fire to warm himself

If you’re following Jesus from a distance, you’ll feel a chill inside, and you’ll go back to the old places, the old ways to get warm. The problem is, when you warm yourself at the enemy’s fire, like Peter, you’ll likely get burned.

56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”

“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

On two counts Peter was identified as a disciple of Jesus. The girl recognized him as a disciple because he was with Jesus. The man recognized him as a disciple because he was seen with the other disciples.

Two out of three characteristics of a disciple.  #1. You can hang out in church all the time, but if you don’t spend personal and private time with the Lord, chances are you’re not really a disciple.

#2. On the other hand, you can enjoy spending time with the Lord, but if you don’t want to worship and fellowship with other believers, chances are you’re not really a disciple.

The key to be identified as a disciple—even by the enemies of the Lord—is if you spend time with Him personally and with fellow believers corporately.

59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

Peter’s accent gave him away just like believers are identified by their speech.

They have an accent of another kingdom. They don’t use the same expressions; tone or vocabulary as the world. No 4 letter vocabulary

 60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.

61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

At the crowing of the rooster, Jesus looked through the crowd around Him, and made eye contact with Peter. Peter was immediately convicted of his sin; not only of his denial of Jesus, but also of the pride that led him to think he could never deny Him

As a result of the rooster crowing, peters life changed forever. Writing his Epistles, he will identify himself as Simon Peter, a servant of Jesus Christ. Simon was his name before he became a disciple. It means “shifting sand” or “unstable one.” The Lord changed Simon’s name to Peter, or “Rock.”

But after this event, it was as if he said, “Yes, I’m Peter in the Lord by His grace. But I’m still also Simon because I know my tendency to fail.”

I think there’s something else here. I believe in using a rooster, the Lord was telling Peter that even though he messed up, even though he committed a terrible sin in denying Jesus even as He was about to die for him, there would be a new day dawning and a new day of humility, brokenness, and of forgiveness after which He would use Peter mightily.

The same is true of you; if at the point of failure, you turn to Him you will find the Lord will do a mighty work in and through you

 2 questions How do you think the Lord looked when their eyes met? What do you think Peter felt at that moment?

Was it a look of absolute disgust and disdain? Sort of a taunting how could you do that? Or was it a look of, I told you so. Or was it a look of, I understand, Peter I know you love Me I understand and I forgive you

How you think Jesus looks testifies to how well you know Jesus. There are many people who would see in the eyes of Jesus anger and condemnation because they don’t know Him well.

But those who see infinite love and understanding and compassion and forgiveness, they are the ones who truly know Him.

The look with which Jesus looked upon Peter was not one of condemnation, but of compassion. It was a look not of anger but of forgiveness. And it broke Peter’s heart. Because that’s the kind of a Savior Jesus is and that’s the attitude He has towards our weaknesses.

In verse 32 the prayer of Jesus was that Peters faith would not fail. Though his courage failed, doesn’t mean that the prayer wasn’t answered because Peter failed.

Jesus knew he was going to fail.. His prayer wasn’t that he wouldn’t fail, but His prayer was that his faith wouldn’t fail. And his faith did not fail even when his courage did!

We all make promises to Jesus that we do not keep.

When that is the case, there is an appropriate time to weep bitterly. But then there is a time to come back to Jesus, who will always receive you back.

That time is called repentance and is demonstrated here with Peter, as he went out and wept bitterly when he recognized his failure.

Comparing that with Judas Iscariot; when he saw that Jesus was submitting and not rebelling, not fighting, he went back to the priests with the thirty pieces of silver and he said, Take this back, I betrayed innocent blood. And they said, That’s your problem now.

And so he threw, as the prophet said he would, the money on the temple floor and he went out and hung himself. Peter went out and wept bitterly.

One was a repentance– the other was remorse.

There’s a lot of times that we have remorse for what we have done but not repentance. Peter repented; and for Peter there was forgiveness.

As much as Jesus said that Peter would deny Him was true so was the promise that your faith should not fail – Peter had fallen, but he did not fall away.

63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 And they said many other insulting things to him.

As archeology would later reveal, the residence of the High Priest was a palatial palace with many baths, pools, and fountains.  It was also a fortified residence with its own security guard.

There was an interrogation center with an isolation cell as secure and severe as the feared Mamertine Prison in Rome including iron racks to bind and hold for beatings and punishment.

Jesus is under arrest at the home of the high priest. Even though He is in such a “spiritual” place, He is treated with contempt being both beaten and mocked

Erase the mental image of Jesus with a single trickle of blood down His face. That’s not what happened. According to Isaiah, the beating Jesus endured was more brutal than that experienced by any other man.

The children’s rhyme goes, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a completely false statement, for words can hurt far past the time a broken bone is healed. Jesus endured the worst of both of these kinds of abuse, being both mocked and beaten.

Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You? Jesus not only could tell the one who struck Him, but he could also tell everything about the man – the physical description, his life story, the number of hairs on his head, and every sin he had ever committed – but he didn’t.

He had all the right and all the power to put an end to it immediately, but He endured it without a word to demonstrate a God who can say, “I know exactly what you are going through.”  Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.

66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.

Because by the Sanhedrin’s own laws and regulations the night trial was illegal.

67 “If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 

69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” 71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”

 Every cult diminishes the deity of Jesus Christ, saying Jesus never claimed to be God. Yet the chief priests and scribes began to carry out His crucifixion for the single reason that, by the way He answered them, they understood He claimed to be God

The issue of Jesus’ deity is foundational and essential to our faith. Why couldn’t He be simply the “First Created One,” as the Mormons claim? Why could He be a good teacher, but not really God? like J.W’s. say

If Jesus Christ was not God; then God did not die for me! And the gospel has no meaning or influence on my life          

God didn’t simply create a sacrificial Son to take care of the sin of mankind.” No, God Himself died for me..  1 Timothy 3:16 tells us  Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Every other philosophy and religion tells people how to live and at best can only say, “Good luck with that”

But great is the mystery that God came, lived among us, died for us, and sent His Spirit to live within us.

Paul calls god’s grace the mystery of godliness and talks about it not as it relates to a procedure, a process, or a program.

He talks about godliness as it relates to a Person.

Paul could have given us fifteen guidelines to godliness or twenty hints about holiness.

Instead, he just starts talking about Jesus.…saying God became a Man when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, that’s when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Therefore, concerning an answer to any question I have about the way life should be lived, I don’t have to wait for inner revelation or sign up for a seminar to get instruction.

All I have to do is look at Emmanuel, God with Us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

Too many people are looking for a manual on how to raise kids, how to be a better husband, how to live successfully.

Forget the manuals. We have Emmanuel and anything you want to know about godliness can be seen in the Person of Jesus Christ,

The mystery of godliness is so simple. It’s not a matter of working on a list. It’s a matter of saying, “Lord, whatever You say, that’s what I’ll do.” that is the great and glorious mystery of godliness.