Mark Has Some Good News, Part 68, Count It All As Loss
Jesus Before the Council
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'" 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?"61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" 62 And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?" And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" And the guards received him with blows.
Peter Denies Jesus
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus." 68 But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you mean." And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed.69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, "This man is one of them." 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, "Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean." 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know this man of whom you speak." 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept.
This is Peter's greatest moment as far as I can tell. Most would point to where he was a part of the first mega church in Acts 2. Other would point to his two contributions to the scriptures that bear his name. But I am persuaded that neither are as important as what would transpire in these verses.
Peter was the talker of the group. He seemingly spoke out of turn more than any of the other disciples. He was a natural born talker yet here he was silent. Peter was brave, cowards don't bring weapons anywhere let alone to a fight with a mob looking for a fight with God. They certainly don't bring that sword to the courtyard of the high priest whose servant you just ear sliced. But for all his bravado and talk peter was a coward like the rest of us. He who drew a weapon for Jesus would deny his presence with his Lord and master to a servant girl. This was Peter's lowest point.
And it is for the reason that this of all scripture is where Peter is at his greatest. He is helpless, hopeless and in what can finally be described as total dependence on Jesus. He could not prevent his arrest he would not prevent his beatings his false trail or his crucifixion. So as the rooster called the impending doom of Jesus' last morning he became total dependent on Jesus for being who he said he was.
On the shoulders of Jesus were the jobs he and his brethren left for this savior. In his hand were the hearts of them who had followed him around their country preach teaching and healing like no other. When he could have done anything he was dependent on peters words, peters strength, peters weapons. Only at his lowest and darkest hour was he finally trusting in Jesus.
You can't trust Jesus when you can save you unborn child, when you can fix a broken relationship, when you can reunite parents or see loved ones living. Loss of the things you hold precious will always leave room in your hands to accept Jesus' in faith.
Peter would go on to be an immovable rock of faith as he would be needed to be nailed to a cross upside down to stop his life which now lived for the preaching of Christ.
So I'll ask you now, what is in the place of your self-reliance. Is it your family that peter must have left? How about your strength that peter must have used and then been rebuked for. Is it your job that peter would have quit? When will you choose to hit rock bottom or will you wait for God to bring you there only to show you the same Jesus.