The temptation to anxiety is something that plagues us all at various points and to varying degrees. As we live through a worldwide pandemic, with its effects on our jobs, savings, lives, and loved ones, we are tempted now, perhaps more than ever, to worry.
In this Marcan sandwich, we find Peter sandwiched between the trials of Jesus. He is sandwiched in v. 54 between the commencement of the trial before the Sanhedrin (v. 53) and its conclusion (v. 65). In verses 66–72, Peter is again in the middle between
Before the Lord Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). When the apostles chose a replacement for Judas, they
When he prayed in Gethsemane, Jesus’ victory was effectively secured. The work of redemption was soon to be finished. As Calvin notes, “But now, when the trembling is allayed, and the fear is subdued … [Jesus] may again present a voluntary sacrifice to the Father.”