Matthew 26:57-75 – SOULS ON TRIAL

Matthew 26:57-75 – SOULS ON TRIAL

Opening Anthem by Grades 4-8: “A Purple Robe”
Liturgy – Page 38 (abbreviated “Service of the Word”)
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 26:57-75
Hymn – 116
SERMON – Matthew 26:57-75 – SOULS ON TRIAL
Offertory – Offering
Prayer – Lord’s Prayer
Benediction
Closing Hymn – 108
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Matthew 26:57-75
(Wartburg Project Translation)

Jesus’ First Trial in the Sanhedrin
(Mk 14:53-65)
57Those who had arrested Jesus led him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the experts in the law and the elders were assembled. 58Peter was following him from a distance, and went as far as the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see how it would turn out.
59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60They found none, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”
62The high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that these men are testifying against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I place you under oath by the living God: tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!”
64Jesus said to him, “It is as you have said. But I tell you, soon you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? See, you have just heard the blasphemy! 66What do you think?”
They answered, “He is deserving of death!” 67 Then they spit in his face and punched him. Some slapped him 68and said, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who hit you?”

Peter Denies Jesus
(Mk 14:66-72; Lk 22:54-62; Jn 18:15-18, 25-27)
69Meanwhile Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him and said, “You were also with Jesus the Galilean.”
70But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”
71When Peter went out to the entryway, someone else saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72Again Peter denied it with an oath and said, “I do not know the man.”
73After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, because even your accent gives you away.”
74Then he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know the man!” Just then the rooster crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.