Monday, July 16: But Peter followed him at a distance
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 26:57-61
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"
Let's focus on the fact that as Jesus' trial unfolds, Peter is following Jesus—at a distance. From there, he can see some of what's happening without being accused of being part of it. With that in mind, might you also be following Jesus from a distance? Are you wondering about the outcome Jesus has for you?
As you ponder these questions, name what keeps you away from a closer walk with Jesus. Name your doubts, fears, and concerns. Then give them up and hand them over to Jesus in prayer.