Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
On the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas, Jesus was also abandoned by His disciples. After Jesus is arrested (Luke 22:47-53), Peter follows Jesus and His captors at a distance. It seems like Peter is following through with his previous exclamation, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” (Lk. 22:33.) What he did not realize is that his sifting had just begun.
The Sifting of Peter
Over the next couple of posts, I want to saturate in the near-demise of Peter. How did someone who was with Jesus for three years deny Him three times within the span of an hour? What happened?
Though the next collection of scripture is bleak with heart-ache and sorrow, the revelation of Jesus as a Savior and Redeemer is sure to bring sunshine to our hearts (spoiler…Jesus rescues Peter!)