Read Matthew 26:17-35.
Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below. Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.
Right after Jesus gives his disciples the gift of the Lord’s Supper, he says (in verse 31), “You will all become deserters.” What, if anything, does this suggest about the Lord’s Supper?
F. Dale Bruner says, about Peter’s words in verse 33: “Peter clearly preferred to live discipleship on the foundation of his dedication rather than of his forgiveness. In theology, this is called perfectionism.” Do you agree with this analysis of verse 33? Do you find yourself falling into the same temptation as Peter in this regard?
Reflect on these words from Augustine: “Why should [a person] presume so much on the capacity of his nature? It is wounded, hurt, damaged…It needs a true confession, not a false defense.” and on these words from the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”: “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.”
Questions from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:
1 Peter 5:5b-6 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.” In what ways did Peter experience the realities of this passage? In what ways have you?
How have you seen spiritual pride manifested in Christianity in general? In your church? In your life?