The most moving sites from our family’s trip to Israel a few years ago were those relating to the last days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.
In these days leading to this year’s Resurrection Sunday, I’m posting a different kind of series—a picture from this trip, especially from the Jerusalem area, with a few thoughts relating to that scene. Most of the pictures will not fall on the day of the week in which the correlating event occurred, but I trust they will turn your thoughts toward Christ in this week leading to the Resurrection.
Steps Jesus walked to Caiaphas’ house: Matthew 26:57–75, Mark 14:53–72, Luke 22:54–62, John 18:12–27
Before Jesus was led to Caiaphas’ house for trial, He had already been condemned. The high priest and the Pharisees had been looking for this moment for weeks, and they had determined to kill Him long before a verdict had even been requested.
Peter knew this. Peter saw what would happen. And Peter imagined that he could be condemned with the Lord. Thus Peter denied he even knew Jesus.
Three years, unnumbered miracles, countless talks—Peter denied it all. Wiped it off his public record with the words, “I never knew Him.”
But Peter did know Him. And when the Lord turned and looked on Peter, he wept bitterly.
Only the power of the Resurrection—just days around the corner—could transform Peter into the preacher of the Gospel he would become.
Just weeks after denying Christ, Peter stood before Caiaphas and boldy proclaimed the resurrection (Acts 4:6-12)!
May we today say like Peter and with Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
Earlier posts in this series: