I remember back in 1995 watching the OJ Simpson trial. Now, I'm not here to rehash the details of that event. However, there was a phrase that was thrown about during the coverage of that trial. The media called it "The Trial of the Century". However, between legal scholars and the media 18 trials bore the name "Trial of the Century".
As we continue our study in Luke's Gospel, we turn our attention to another trial, a true miscarriage of justice. Or was it? We will answer this question this week as we look at Luke 22:63-23:25
Last Sunday we mentioned that Peter was the disciple who chopped off the ear of the high priest's servant. He was ready for a war on behalf of Jesus. But when Jesus showed there were other plans, Peter walked an infamous road that he swore he'd never walk. This is why we can identify with Peter. Who hasn't stumbled and fallen? This week, we'll look at the lessons Peter's denial teach us and why we have hope that our failures aren't the end.
There are events in history that transcend faith and Biblical knowledge. Even in popular culture, you can call someone "Judas" and they instantly know that you are calling them a traitor, a betrayer and a turncoat. This week, we will look at Luke's record of when Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss and how Jesus' reaction gives us both a new way to deal with betrayal in our own lives and how we can rejoice that Jesus died for traitors like us.
Prayer. Just the word conjures up images and feelings in every person, especially those who follow Christ. What is it? How does it work? Do I need to pray? This week, as we continue to look at the last week of Christ's life, we'll see how a pattern of prayer prepares us for the worst this life can throw at us. We hope you listen this week as we look at "The Suffering Prayer from Luke 22:39-46.