THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS
(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Mark 14:53-72 __Luke 22:54-71 __John 18:25-27
Focal verse(s): Luke 22:70: “They all asked, ‘Are you the Son of God?’ He replied, ‘You are right in saying I am.’”
The Jewish leaders had taken Jesus to the high priest’s house in the middle of the night because they were in a hurry and wanted to complete the execution before the Sabbath and continue with the Passover Celebration. There was a large courtyard there and many servants and soldiers were warming themselves around a fire. When Peter denied Jesus the third time and the rooster crowed, Jesus turned and looked at Peter at that moment and instantly Peter remembered the prediction Jesus had made that he would deny Him 3 times before the rooster crowed. As the rooster crowed, the look from Jesus sent Peter out into the night to weep bitterly. The soldiers who had been assigned to guard the sacred temple in Jerusalem were also the ones who had arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and they began to mock Jesus and beat Him. They blindfolded Jesus, and began to hit him in the face, taunting Him and asking Him to identify who did it. Jesus endured this humiliating event with loving patience. When the first light of morning came, Jesus was taken by the Jewish elders to their council, known as the Sanhedrin. When the members of the Sanhedrin asked Christ if He was the Messiah, Jesus told them that it was useless to discuss the matter with them because they were blinded to the truth. Fulfilling Psalm 110:1, Jesus told them that He would one day sit on the right hand of God, which prompted them to ask Him if He was the Son of God. Jesus answered them with, “You rightly say that I am” (Mark 14:62). This was the type of answer they were looking for and they immediately accused Jesus of the blasphemy of claiming equality with God. The Sanhedrin now had a problem because the penalty for blasphemy was death, yet they were under Roman power and did not have authority to put people to death. In order to execute Jesus, they would have to take Him to the Roman governor Pilate and think up some political charges, because the Romans would not execute a prisoner just for religious reasons. As Peter had earlier stood around the fire and went through the ordeal of denying Christ 3 times, the Holy Spirit used this experience to bring him to repentance and change him from a half-hearted follower into a real disciple that the Holy Spirit would later use to influence the entire world. Remember, we’re all sinners saved by God’s redeeming grace. All of us have denied Christ through our daily actions, yet the Holy Spirit can work greatly in our lives just like Peter if we’ll be yielded to Christ!