Read the Bible in a year by reading Luke 22:47--71 today The Passion of Peter By Don Ruhl Peter got himself into trouble, yes, but it was only because he was a passionate man. He had promised the Lord that he would never deny Him, but on the very night in which Peter made that promise, he denied the Lord three times! After the third time, here is what happened, And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Lk. 22:61, 62 NKJV) Yes, Peter denied the Lord, but most people never would have been close enough to the Lord to be in a situation where they had the opportunity either to affirm their belief in the Lord or to deny Him. Peter was wrong, it is true, but he knew that more than anyone else did. When he realized what he had done, his heart was broken as much as any man's heart has ever been broken. Here was when things started to change for this godly and bold man of God. Peter would be a different man after this, as we will see. Wait until we get to the first several chapters of Acts, and you will see a man who confesses Jesus Christ as strongly as he once denied Him. Are you passionate about the Lord? If not you are not passionate about Him, why not? If not, what are you passionate about? How does it compare to being passionate about the Lord and His truth? Question from the text: Did Jesus think that the Jewish leaders would let Him go if He answered their questions or if they answered His questions?