And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,


<b>Jesus concludes His teaching regarding his second coming and final judgment, He now reveals the Way of paying for the sins of the world and the opening of the door, Himself, the entrance back into God,, via the cross. </b>


2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.


<b>The Passover was an annual feast to celebrate God’s passing over the homes of those with blood on the doorway (Ex 12). Passover time was a great high day and thousands of pilgrims flocked to Jerusalem each year to observe it. Jesus predicts that His crucifixion will be during the Passover period. This was God’s appointed time for Christ to die, for as the lamb was killed and its blood smeared on each doorpost, so that the Angel of death would pass over each house, a lamb for a household (Ex 12:3-7) Jesus is that sacrificial lamb. God passes over the sin of people because of the blood of Christ. Christ had always avoided His enemies’ plots to kill Him (Luke 4:29-30; John 5:18; 10:39), but now it was His time. The true Lamb of God would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Jesus knew He was to be betrayed and who it was that would betray Him. For He had come into the world for this very purpose, that through the cross, His death and resurrection, He would once for all destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8)on the cross. By His shed blood  we now have the right (righteousness, right standing in God, in Christ) which allows us to live and abide in God. (2 Cor 5:21).</b>


3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,


<b>Whilst Jesus was telling the disciples about His coming crucifixion, the chief priests, scribes and elders were plotting how they  might capture and kill Him. These chief priests were of the Sanhedrin (supreme religious body that formed the court system). They met in the home of Caiaphas, who was appointed by the Romans as a mediator between Roman government and the people. </b>


4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.


<b>They planned to get Jesus as quietly as possible and do away with Him so that they would not start a riot with His followers.</b>


5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.


6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,


7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.


<b>The woman was Mary, she was the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Lu 10:38-42; Jn 11:28-32). The box was vase (strong's conc), a long-necked vessel for storing or holding ointment or perfume. The contents were opened by breaking off the neck. Ancient alabaster, a variety of calcium carbonate found in caves, was formed when the minerals in water were deposited over time.</b>


8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?


<b>The disciples had become so used to being with Jesus, that this incident was nothing more than a source of indignation to them. They did not understand that Mary had come to worship Jesus.

W. Woman with an alabaster vase which        must be broken not opened, our lives,        broken open for the anointing to pour        forth (Ps 51:17).

O. Anointing oil filled the vase, could only        be released when broken. 

R. Resurrection, the woman anointed Jesus        for His burial and resurrection.

S. Sanctification ( We are sanctified (set       apart, pronounced righteous in Him, in       right standing with God,), through the       blood of Jesus Christ and not by works.

      Standing in Christ, our hearts are made       as clean and pure as alabaster,       being sanctified by the Holy spirit (2       Thes 2:13)).

H. Hair, with her hair she anoints his feet       for his victory, as all things are under       his feet (Eph 1:22) and His head for his       authority (Matt 28:18).

I.  Intimate, It became intimate worship       when she began to cry and dry His feet       with her hair.

P. Praise in His presence, she broke       through all man-made traditions,       formalities and the disciples       indignation and came into His Presence       and worshipped Him. </b>


9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.


<b>The disciples, not yet walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:16), judged the actions in natural terms and reasoned that this action was a waste of money. In particular, Judas Iscariot (John 12:5) complained that the perfume could be sold for a high price and the money given to the poor, not because he cared about the poor but because he loved money. As a thief with access to Jesus treasury, he often helped himself to whatever was put into it (John 12:6).</b>


10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.


11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.


12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.


13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


<b>So important was this woman's act of worship, that Jesus included this as part of the gospel. Her demonstration of love is to be continually remembered, wherever the gospel is preached, for her actions demonstrate True worship which releases a passionate Heart that loves God (Luke 7:36-48.) Filled with fresh first love to pursue the presence of the Lord, the woman revealed.

1. Gratitude and devotion, for she gave all      she had to Jesus Christ in gratitude to      Him, God's salvation (Ps 118:21).

2. That she was not ashamed to do this in      the face of the disciples criticism (Rom      1:16).

3. A demonstration of faith, she believed      Christ’s words concerning his death and      had acted upon them (John 6:47).

4. That love for Christ must be expressed      by giving, for she gave all  (Joh 13:34-       35).

     Love which is not demonstrated does no      good to any.

     Even the love of God for humankind had      to be demonstrated, and was so      supremely in the life and ultimately the      death of the Lord Jesus (Joh 3:16).

5. That she ignited the powerful weapons of      worship, praise and thanksgiving (Ps     100:4), which defeats the enemy(the     reason Jesus came (1 John 3:8.)</b>


14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,


<b>It appears that this last address to Judas, when Jesus said "Let her alone (John 12:7)" was the final straw for Judas whose heart had been hardening toward Jesus for some time. Judas was disillusioned over the way Christ’Ministry had been heading. He had been seeking personal gain by stealing from the money bag (John 12:6) and his disappointment turned to spite and revenge.</b>


15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.


<b>Judas takes this opportunity to strike a bargain with the chief priests about betraying Jesus to them, away from the public eye. His fee was the price of a slave - 30 silver coins; Joseph was sold as a slave for a similar amount, 20 pieces of silver (Gen. 37:28.)</b>


16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.


<b>Judas had sown the corrupt seed by his own words, "What will you give me and I will hand him over to you." Now the seed is beginning to grow into a root of betrayal (betrayal means to hand over) It is not the lack, but the love of money, that is a root of all evil. That root came from the seed that Judas had sown. After he had made the corrupt bargain, Judas had many opportunities to repent and reverse the seed, even to the point of Christ warning him that he was the betrayer (Matt 26:23.)</b>


17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?


18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.


<b>(Luke 22:10) Tells us that this man was carrying a pitcher of water. When Jesus answered the woman at the well, He referred to Himself as "Living Water" through the Holy Spirit.(John 4:10-14.) Follow Jesus who Pours out of Himself so that we can drink of the Holy Spirit!” But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life (John 4:14 amp.)</b>


19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.


20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.


<b>Twelve signifies perfection of government. Twelve is the number of the Church, both the Old Covenant Church of Israel founded by twelve physical fathers (the twelve sons of Jacob-Israel) and the New Covenant Church founded by twelve spiritual fathers (the twelve Apostles).</b>


21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.


<b>Betray means to deliver into the hands of an enemy.</b>


22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?


23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.


24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.


<b>The Son of man goes as it is written. A selection of scriptures written of Christ and fulfilled.

Gen 3:15 Victory over Satan - Col 2:15

Num 21:9 The type of serpent - Joh 3:14-15

Ps 16:9-10  The Messiah would not see corruption - Ac 2:27, 31; and 13:35

Ps 22:1 Christ forsaken - Mt 27:46 and Mr 15:34

Ps 22:7-8   Messiah mocked and ridiculed - Lu 23:35

Ps 22:16Piercing His hands and feet - Mr 15:25; Lu 23:33; Joh 19:37, and 20:25

Ps 22:18Parting His garments and casting lots for them - Lu 23:34 and Joh 19:23-24

Ps 34:20Not one bone broken - Joh 19:36

Ps 35:11Accused falsely - Mr 14:57-58

Ps 35:19Hated without a cause - Joh 15:24-25

Ps 41:9 Betrayed by a close associate - Lu 22:47-48

Ps 49:15His resurrection - Mr 16:6

Ps 68:18His ascension to God's right hand - Mr 16:19 and Eph 4:8

Ps 69:21Given vinegar to drink in His thirst - Mt 27:34, 48; Mr 15:36; and Joh 19:29

Ps 109:25   They reviled Him, wagging their heads - Mt 27:39

Isa 50:6They spit in His face - Mt 26:67

Isa 50:6The Messiah scourged - Mt 27:26

Isa 52:14   Lost human appearance by physical mistreatment - Mt 26:67, 27:26, 29-30; Mr 15:15-19; and Joh 19:34

Isa 52:15   Gentiles shall receive spiritual cleansing - Heb 1:3

Isa 53:3He was despised and rejected of people - Joh 1:10-11

Isa 53:4He bore our sicknesses - Mt 8:16-17

Isa 53:5-6  He was wounded for our transgressions - Ro 4:25 and 1Pe 3:18

Isa 53:7 He opened not His mouth - Mt 26:63, 27:12, 14; Mr 14:61, 15:5; and 1Pe 2:23

Isa 53:9 He was buried with the rich - Mt 27:57-58 and 60

Isa 53:11   He shall justify many - Ro 3:26 and 5:19

Isa 53:12   He was numbered with the transgressors - Mr 15:28 and Lu 22:37

Isa 53:12   He was crucified with criminals - Mr 15:27-28

Jon 1:17 The sign of the prophet, Jonah - Mt 12:40 and 16:4

Mic 5:1 Smitten with a rod upon the cheek - Mt 27:30

Zec 11:12   He was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver - Mt 26:15

Zec 11:13   The betrayal money was used to buy the potter's field - Mt 27:5-10

Zec 13:7 The shepherd is smitten and the flock is scattered - Mt 26:31 and Mar 14:27.</b>


25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.


<b>Jesus names Judas as the one who would hand Him over, this is Judas' last opportunity to repent and reverse the corrupt seed that was sown in his heart (Matt 26:16). By his repentance, Jesus would have forgiven him, but the die was cast and Judas had made his choice, it was his alone to choose in free will.</b>


26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.


<b>Jesus said unless you eat of me (1 Pet 2:2, 1 Cor 3:2-3, Heb 5:12-14,) His body for He is the Living Bread, (John 6:35) the Word of God (John 1:1), we must eat of the Word of God (John 6:53).</b>


27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;


28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.


<b>And drink His blood (John 6:53)  Drink of the covenant, Jesus is the New Covenant. For through His blood and in Him, we have access to come boldly before God's throne of grace (Heb 4:16). The covenant in Exodus 24:8 was sealed with the blood of an animal. The death of Jesus and His shed blood was necessary to enable God to forgive sins. It, in fact, made it right or morally justifiable for Him to do so. We are bound down by sin, separating us from God, until we accept the sacrifice of Jesus' blood which frees us from sin. This cup that Jesus raised represented His coming shed blood, for without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Heb 9:22). This is the last will and testament of Jesus Christ, and we are the heirs or beneficiaries. Jesus purchased our salvation, healing, happiness and very lives with His shed blood. We should never take the communion cup lightly. We must take it reverently with a pure heart, remembering His great sacrifice. We must never take it with un forgiveness in our hearts, or we might become sick or even die. This cup taken properly, with a pure heart which comes from standing in Christ, and through Him the blessing of God which he carries flows into our lives (Eph 1:3). This blood was shed for whosoever will. It is offered universally to old and young, rich and poor, male and female. The Old Covenant was "do" and we shall live (Ro 10:5). The New Covenant is "it is done" (Ro 10:6-9), including redemption, reconciliation, righteousness, and sanctification. The work is finished! We are complete in Him (Col 2:10)!</b>


29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.


<b>Jesus was telling them of His imminent departure from the earth and following his death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit would come and enable all believers to enter into the Kingdom of God in Christ (John 3:5) and drink (1 Cor 12:13) of the Holy spirit (Rev 3:20, Eph 5:18-20). Also speaking of the future marriage supper of the Lamb, in the Father's kingdom (Luke 22:29-30 amp). </b>


30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.


31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.


<b>Offense is the corrupt seed that robs the Word of God (Mark 4:17) and prevents fruit from bearing in our lives.  Even though the disciples were resolute, satan was able to steal away that word because the disciples took offense.</b>


32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.


33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.


<b>Peter standing in his own strength, has good intention, but his declaration will soon be tested.</b>


34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.


<b>Jesus is not prophesying the inevitable, but is rather wanting to encourage Peter to stand in His strength when the test comes and not his own. For Jesus had already prayed that Peter would be strengthened and that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:32.)</b>


35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.


<b>Peter is adamant that his own strength will be enough to resist all for Jesus and the disciples agree.</b>


36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.


<b>This is an opportunity for the disciples to also pray and stand with Jesus in God's strength. “Gethsemane” means “Olive Press”, Jesus was about to be pressed and oppressed from all sides.</b>


37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.


38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.


<b>This demonstrates that Jesus had incredible anguish in his soul, His mind, will and emotions, just as we experience (Heb 4:15.) Jesus word to them is for them to stand in the gap for Him in prayer (Ez 22:30).</b>


39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.


<b>The next day Christ would “bear the sins of many” (Heb. 9:28.) He was about to suffer and experience the ultimate agony, to be separated from His and our Heavenly Father.</b>


40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?


<b>The disciples standing in their own strength, let themselves be lulled into sleep (Prov 6:9-11).</b>


41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.


<b>The flesh, their human mind, will and emotions are not sufficient to overcome the spiritual forces that are gathered to cause them to sleep. Jesus tells them to counter the attack, to stand watch and pray (Mark 10:27, Phil 4:6). This battle is a spiritual battle, not a battle in the natural and cannot be won by our own ability or resolve. But can only be won by placing our faith exclusively in Christ, through the Holy Spirit.</b>


42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.


<b>Jesus receives the task of the ultimate sacrifice, which will bring the way into God's Kingdom, Himself (thy will be done (Matt 6:10.)</b>


43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.


<b>The disciples, not standing in prayer as Jesus had instructed them, fell to again to sleep.</b>


44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.


45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.


46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.


<b>Jesus made no effort to escape from His betrayer, realising that His betrayer was part of that which was necessary to thrust Him into His destiny. He submitted Himself to the will of God answered His prayer that it was His will that Jesus go to the cross. He would become the sin offering to pay penalty for our sins.</b>


47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.


48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.


49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.


<b>Judas who had received his own corrupt seed (words (Matt 26:15)) of offense, that same seed had grown into a root and was now a full tree with the corrupt fruit of betrayal (Gen 3:1-5). Betrayal sealed with a kiss, in the same manner as Joab asked Amasa of his health, and took him by the beard to kiss him, and smote him under the fifth rib. (2 Sam 20:9).</b>


50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.


51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.


52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.


53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?


<b>Proves that Jesus was not taken, but rather had to give Himself willingly to be taken, the only way that they would be able to arrest Him.</b>


54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?


<b>Jesus affirms that the action that is about to take place is being fitted into the plan of God (Rom 8:28), that had already been determined before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). God does not react to situations as they occur, but acts, for He has spoken the end from the beginning (Is 46:10).</b>


55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.


<b>Jesus exposes the motives and plotting of the religious leaders (Matt. 12:14, John 11:53). They were seeking an opportunity to arrest Him away from the crowds and followers, so as to avoid an uproar.</b>


56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.


<b>(Isa 53:12) He was numbered with the transgressors. God has prepared all things before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8, Eph 1:4), even in the face of an enemy plot against Jesus. Mankind has free choice, but whatever decisions are chosen, God will fulfill His infallible Word. So that even when the disciples chose to flee, It was fit into God's plan (Rom 8:28).</b>


57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.


<b>Jesus trial consisted of two. First, there was His religious trial before Caiaphas, scribes and elders. This took place during the night hours before dawn, at the palace of the high priest (Mt 26:58 and Mar 14:54).

Second, Jesus was brought before Pilate, the Roman governor, for His civil trial.</b>


58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.


<b>Peter was still relying on his own natural courage and this would fail him later that evening.</b>


59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;


60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,


<b> The Sanhedrin (court system) had sought people who were to act as 'witnesses' who were prepared to lie so that they might convict Jesus. This was a travesty of justice because they had already passed judgment in their hearts, this show 'trial' was nothing more than a formality they were going through.</b>


61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.


62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?


<b> By their law they required at least two witnesses to convict Him. They did not understand that the temple that Jesus had spoken of was His own body.</b>


63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.


<b>Jesus said nothing (Prov 26:4).

This fulfilled (Isaiah 53: 7) “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. However when they said 'I adjure thee by the living God, not by them', this meant that Jesus had to answer (1 Kings 22:16).</b>


64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.


<b>Jesus refers to (Ps 110:1, Dan 7:13) to Himself, saying in effect, “Not only am I the Son of God but I will return one day to be your judge.” This was an opportunity for the High Priest to repent, but he was bent on fulfilling his own destiny. </b>


65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.


<b>The High priest was no desperate to accuse Jesus, but because he could find nothing, the high priest charged Him with blasphemy. The High-Priest was forbidden to tear his clothes (Lev. 10:6,  21:10.) But the Talmud made an exception for High-Priests who witnessed a blasphemy. Caiaphas tore his clothes in dramatic fashion, giving the appearance that he was defending God’s honor. It was pure theatrical farce, for Jesus had not blasphemed but had spoken the truth, for He is the truth (John 14:6.)</b>


66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.


67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,


68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?


<b>Christ means the Anointed One and the Messiah, they were contemptuously making fun of His claims and ridiculing the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon Him. They were doing what they had accused Him of doing, blaspheming.</b>


69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.


70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.


<b>Peter now walking outside of faith and operating in unbelief, in fear turns his attention to preserving himself (Gen 3:10.) Outside of faith we can only operate on our own wits and our own ability. The battle is again spiritual, it is impossible to use natural means to defeat spiritual forces. In the faith of Christ we are victorious (Rom 8:37.) Outside of Christ we enter into the curse and face defeat. (Duet 11:26, Duet 8:17-18.)</b>


71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.


72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.


<b>Peter's response here was operating out of safe preservation and fear, a dramatic contrast with his boldness on the Day of Pentecost (Ac 2:14-40; 4:8-12, 19-20, 5:29-32), when he was walking in the Holy Spirit of God )Gal 5:16).</b>


73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.


<b>Peter's spoke in a Galilean dialect and and that was what this man was referring to.</b>


74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.


75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.


<b>Peter is completely devastated by his failure and the realisation that his own strength was insufficient to fulfil his original declaration, I am ready to go to prison and die with you’. Heartbroken by the fact that Jesus was condemned to die and that he was powerless to save him, and terrified by the knowledge that Christ had said whoever denied him before men would be denied before God (Matt. 10:33.) Satan sifted Peter like wheat and thesed many other thoughts would have gone through his mind (Luke 22:31-32.) Peter, was later to be restored at the lake, when he was ready to give up everything and go back to fishing (John 21:3, John 21:7-23.) Following his restoration, Peter would not be so quick to depend on his own ability (1 Peter 4:11.) Nonetheless, even though he had left the courtyard, Peter returned to be present at the cross, as an eyewitness of the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 5:1.)</b>