Day 46

Thursday: The Last Supper

John 16:16-24, John 16:32-33, Mark 14:12-72, Psalm 41:7-13, Zechariah 13:7

BY Andrea Lucado

Scripture Reading: John 16:16-24, John 16:32-33, Mark 14:12-72, Psalm 41:7-13, Zechariah 13:7

Of all the betrayals of Jesus, Peter’s is the hardest for me to stomach. Peter, the one who was first to claim Jesus as the Messiah. Peter, who got out of the boat to walk on water to meet his Savior. Then, after all they had been through, it is Peter who denies he ever knew Christ. One minute Christ is his Messiah, and the next? Someone he didn’t want to be associated with.

I’ll never forget the deep shame I felt when I did something similar to a friend in college. To her face, I acted as if she were my best friend. But behind her back, I said something to the contrary. She heard about it. I heard that she heard about it. And then I was sick.

This is why Peter’s story is so difficult for me to stomach. I see a lot of myself in it. Not only in the way I’ve denied friends, but the times I’ve denied Christ too. Proclaiming Him as my Savior one minute, acting as if I don’t even know Him the next. Peter denied Christ three times, but I’ve denied Him countless times.

Jesus was not surprised—not by Peter’s denial, nor by mine. In fact, He predicted it during the Last Supper. Quoting the prophet Zechariah, He said, “All of you will run away, because it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee” (Mark 14:27-28).

After He says this, who pipes up first? Peter, that’s who, declaring, “Even if everyone runs away, I will certainly not!” (v. 29). But just a few verses later, Peter is shocked at his own hypocrisy. “And he broke down and wept” (v. 72).

Jesus also predicted Peter’s behavior, as well as Peter’s response to that behavior, when He said, “You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy” (John 16:20). How? How could Peter’s weeping ever turn to joy? Even though he would see the risen Christ, wouldn’t that only bring him further shame?

Perhaps Peter experienced what I experienced with my friend in college. I dreaded facing her again. When I did, eyes to the floor, I apologized. She had all the power in that moment. She could have hurt me right back or told everyone how two-faced I was. But she didn’t. Instead, she looked at me and said, “It’s water under the bridge.” She forgave me. I will never forget that moment of undeserved mercy.

Undeserved mercy is what Peter received from Jesus. At the end of Mark, when the angel tells Mary Magdalene the good news of the resurrection, the angel also says, “Go, tell the disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there just as he told you’” (Mark 16:7). The disciples and Peter. Jesus calls him by name. Peter is still invited to meet the risen Christ.

In our times of sorrow, in the depths of sin, when facing the reality of our own hypocrisy, when joy feels absurd, reserved for someone who is “better” than we are—this is the story we ought to remember. We can have joy, not because of who we are or what we have done, but because we are still invited to meet the risen Christ.


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52 thoughts on "Thursday: The Last Supper"

  1. Allison Laverty says:

    I love that grace is so extravagant and beautiful and one of the hardest things for me to grasp. Thank you for reminding me that my salvation is already confirmed!

  2. Kerry Terry says:

    I am sorry. I am ashamed. I am grateful. I have hope.

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  4. Lilly Dyer says:

    As l was reading John 16:20 really hit home with me. It reminds me of the song we sing in church, “There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning”. l changed “morning” to “mourning” and it all kind of began to click with me. Through our mourning of Jesus’ death and sacrifice we can be joyful knowing that our sins have been wiped clean, and we have been given the beautiful gift of life through Him! How beautiful that our mourning can be turned into joy!

  5. Marissa Burleson says:

    This opened up my eyes to how much I deny God in ways that I didn’t even know I was, and yet He still calls me by name. Still calls me His. Thankful for His mercies that are new each morning, not just if I did everything I was suppose to, but each morning.

  6. Mary Abel says:

    Yesterday (Thursday) I attended the funeral of a lifetime friend. He was instrumental in helping me build my foundation in faith. Each time I saw him their was a warm greeting and the conversation quickly turned to Christ and his work in our lives. Whether it be through the valleys or on the mountaintops it was about Him! I will miss my friend, but I know he rejoices in heaven with his Saviour! I find it an extra blessing that his funeral, a testimony of the resurrection was on the day it was! I am forever grateful for his impact on my life and for what Jesus did for us to secure our heavenly home!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Hi Mary, we’re so sorry to hear this. We’re praying for you during this time and are so grateful for you! -Margot, The SRT Team

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