The Jesus Tree–Day Forty-Three

Today’s readings focused on Peter’s denial of Jesus. The scheduled readings were again from three Gospels: Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; and John 18:15-18, 25-27.┬áLike yesterday, I also included the Luke 22:54-62┬áversion of this story. I actually find the Luke reading to be the most compelling. While the different Gospel readings are the same for the most part, Luke included the detail where Jesus looked directly at Peter after the rooster crowed following his third denial. Realizing that Jesus was there, and aware of what Peter was saying really drives home the point that Peter did a terrible, cowardly thing, just as Jesus had told him he would.