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Series: Lord of Lent
Arrest and Denial

John 18: 12-27, NRSV


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.

— “Screwtape,” a senior devil, to his nephew, “Wormwood,”
in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  • Peter’s complete failure
  • Bible is filled with stories of people failing
  • Major injustice, major pressure
  • Don’t react to things, learn to respond to them
  • In the scripture, Peter is reacting to things happening, lack of self-aware, not taking into account of the identity and agenda given by God
  • (Note to self: when Peter said earlier that he would lay down his life for Jesus, was that reactive also?)
  • We often have our own identity and agenda
  • Toddlers and teenagers might not know their identity, but they definitely know their agenda, very reactive
  • After Peter’s failure is complete, he is ready for transformation
  • Jesus’ measured response to the high priest: non-violent, but ask them back questions

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