The report cards we hang on our fridges tend to be the good ones. We leave the ones with flunking grades crumpled in the bottom of our backpacks or shuffled into the junk mail so no one will notice. As adults, we learn to downplay our weaknesses and celebrate our strengths. Yet the Bible has a way of showcasing the failures of its heros in excruciating detail, hanging them up for all to see. Could we ever be like that? What does God think about failures? Join us this week as we continue the story of Jesus from Mark’s Gospel.
Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
—Paul, 1 Corinthians 10:12
Man can meet God only when he does not imagine himself to be invincible, in the cheerful self-confidence of [Peter in Mark] 14:29, but knows that he is placed under the judgment of God.
Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
CONFESSION OF SIN:
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.
SONG TO CONSIDER: