When It All Comes Unraveled

Thursday of the Passion Week was the beginning of the end. 

Remember that Jewish chronology is lunar. Therefore, Friday starts at sundown on Thursday.

Jesus has led the disciples in the Passover meal. What some would call the Lords Supper.
He goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, in agony.
He is betrayal by Judasand the Sanhedrin arrest Him.
He is taken to the house of High Priest and the Sanhedrin are convened. 

Bu for one man, it all came unraveled for him.  Peter.

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

Peter was ready to go to war!  People would know that it was Peter who struck the first blow for the new revolution.  Problem was, Wrong revolution, wrong war.  Jesus stops Peter by picking up Malchus’ ear and healing him.  

John 18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.

Peter is watching his friend be falsely accused of crimes he didn’t commit.  Their plan is unfolding, they want Jesus dead.  What is Jesus doing about it?  Nothing.  He isn’t defend Himself.  What is Peter doing, disowning Jesus. 

How do you react when God doesn’t comply with your desires?  

We’ve all been there.  We prayed, and prayed, and prayed, and God did - nothing.  We felt betrayed, disowned.  That we must not be worthy.  

But the reality is this.  God’s will is bigger than our knowledge.  His will sees our future.  His will understands what we cannot comprehend.  Peter was passionate.  That wasn’t a sin.  But his desire to build his kingdom his way was.  It led him to deny his best friend and mentor.  The Bible says after he denied Jesus he left that place and wept very bitterly. 

Peter broke his own heart.  

When it all comes unraveled and you look at God and ask, Why?  Remember, it isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning.  Peter thought it was over, Jesus was only getting started.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to see my new beginnings today.  AMEN