Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:10
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren33And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death34And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Desired—wants to obtain you (the disciples) to sift you to see if there’s anything real about his faith. Have prayed—both in past tense. Peter can use his fall to strengthen others of weak faith. Peter seems a tad resentful he needed prayer.Confidence while nothing is happening often doesn’t cut it.
And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
The special time of ministry with Christ is now over. Things are about to get bad for them all. In this world you will have tribulation. Disciples already had swords—they doubted His provision!
And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
Christ’s desire was not to die, but to do His Father’s will. The difference between Christ’s faith and the disciples’ faith on display. We think God’s wil is what is easy, but God’s will is often the hardest possible thing.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Agony—conflict, struggle, not so much physical pain. Sorrow—puts a good spin on their weakness. Sweating blood is a severe sign of tension and turmoil.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
Kiss—uses physical affection to make up for heart distance. Sword—disciples think this is why Jesus said to take swords.
Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly [violently].
And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him64And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?65And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.
The scene continues until the crucifixion. Human weakness and divine strength on display. Divine strength lays itself down for human weakness.