Sunday is coming! But Thursday has to arrive first. Oh! I directed so many Living Last Suppers. Each one had a memory that I hold in my mind. Every little church in which we worked, almost immediately I could see a Peter and a Judas in that church together with a Matthew. Why?
In the “stance” for the LLS, Matthew had to hold a very difficult physical position for 13 minutes. It had to be a “disciple” who had the physical strength to be “twisted” that long. Peter had to be an extrovert, both feet in his mouth before opening it. And Judas. The attitude, the mindset. Some how I could find that person more easily than all the rest of the disciples. Even Jesus. It was not hard to find the one to portray that role.
The Bible is very specific with regards to the week before Easter, except for Wednesday. Nothing is spoken of regarding Wednesday. Where did the disciples go? What did they do? Where did Jesus go? Nothing on any of them………….until Thursday when Jesus had them arrange for the Upper Room experience.
Ah…….He knew all too well what would happen. What would take place in that “one dish” on the table when His hand and Judas’ would meet and for the final time, their eyes would meet and then………..it all began.
But those poor disciples – they had no idea what had just happened and what had just begun.
Both Peter and Judas could have been forgiven for their actions. But. That is not how it happened. Peter, realizing that he had just lied as Jesus said he would, wept bitterly realizing that he had failed his Lord miserably and was repentant. I believe Judas realized what he had done because he tried to return the silver which they refused so he committed suicide. No repentance.
Every personality on the earth today is found in God’s Word. Every personality on the earth today was found at the table of the Last Supper.
One of the most moving moments in all of the Word of God is when the young man clothed in a long white robe, said to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – – – and Peter – – – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him as He said to you,’ ”
AND PETER~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Don’t you feel some how the feeling that Peter must have had when he heard that his name had been called to go with the rest of the disciples to Galilee to meet the Lord? Some times I spend more than a day just mulling over those words – wondering how I would have felt?
Jesus knew that Peter would lie and once the rooster crowed as Jesus told Peter it would, their eyes met. (How could that be? ) Peter was in the outer court warming himself when that all took place. Jesus had been brought to the high priest’s house (Luke 22:54). How could their eyes meet? How did the distance between them have nothing to do with it?
We pick up in Luke 22:59. “Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean. 60) But Peter said ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed, 61) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ 62) So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”
All Peter did was to lie. Lie out of being afraid I am sure. Not intentionally to harm any one. How about you? When did you lie to cover up? When did you lie to keep the peace (we are never told to keep peace.) We are told to make peace……not try to keep it because it can’t be “kept“. It is only “pieced” together a bit to keep from untangling, supposedly, relationships. But strangely enough the relationships are never healed – never forgiven – never mended – -they are simply put on hold, shoved into a room and the door quickly closed on them……….but NOT forgotten. And YOU are the cause of healing balm of forgiveness never having been applied……why. Because you lied to “keep” peace, and did nothing for those involved. The people involved KNEW it.
It happens every day of our lives. Peter was given to us as the example of what we should be and do and of course we are given that grace and mercy of the Lord that He bestows upon us when we lean on Him and do the right thing. A lot of lessons from the week before Easter. There are at least six more situations that happened between the disciples and the Lord that fateful night so long ago……………..just before the dawn of Resurrection Sunday. Perhaps there is one that you should take to heart and do something about. What do you think!!
Because He lives!