THE PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
i. The trail of Jesus (Mtt 25: 57- 68).
The Jew seized Jesus and led Him to Caiphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter followed Him at a distance, as far as to the country yard of the high priest and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
They laid false accusations on him which was religious in nature. When the high priest asked Him whether He is the Christ the son of God. Jesus answered that he had said so. The high priest in anger said that he had spoken blasphemy and so deserved death.
When the high priest handed Jesus over to the Jews, some began to spit on Him. The covered His face and struck Him, and asked Him to prophesy.
ii. Peter’s Denial (Mtt 26: 69- 75)
Now Peter was sitting outside the court yard. And a maid came up to him and said, “you also were with Jesus, the Galilee”. But he denied it before them all, saying,” I do not know what you mean”. Another maid saw him and she said to the by standers, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth”. And again he denied it with an oath. After a while, the by standers came up and said to Peter, certainly you are also one of them, then he denied the third time coursing himself that he does not know Jesus. And immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times”. And he went out and wept bitterly.
iii. Instances which can lead to a Christian’s Denial of Christ and His or her neighbor.
1. Hardship: When a person faces a serious hardship that he could not control, he can deny Christ, for instance, a trader whose business is not moving, and he is suspecting his opposite neighbor for his downfall. The trader might forsake God and go to native doctors for a solution to his problem through sinful means like killing, poisoning etc.
2. Lack of faith/ fear.
3. Serious sickness
4. Serious accident
5. Financial problem
6. Criminal offence