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We begin the third movement of Jesusâ€™ Passion and suffering this Lordâ€™s Day morning as Jesus is betrayed and denied by his disciples. This time period Jesus calls the â€śhour and the power of darknessâ€ť (22:53b). This heightened and intensified time of darkness will unfold according to Godâ€™s sovereign will and Jesus will be arrested and numbered with the transgressors (or criminals) on the cross (22:37).
In our passage today (22:47-71), Dr. Luke writes his Gospel so that we might contrast two disciples: Judas and Peter. One betrayed Jesus and became apostate dying a horrible death; one denied Jesus and was restored by Jesusâ€™ grace. Why did one overcome and one did not? Godâ€™s sovereign will and Jesusâ€™ prayer for his own (22:31-32). Thanks be to God for His grace in Jesus!
Pastor of Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, VA. Been a preacher for over 15 years; been pastor of KCPC for 8 years. Graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Ordained in Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Married to Margaret Ann for 20 years and...