“But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.”
For three years, the disciples had followed the Saviour. For three years, they listened to every sermon He preached, watched every miracle He performed, and learned at His feet how to conduct themselves in the ministry. They watched Him weep at the graveside of a loved one. They saw His compassion on the multitudes when they were hungry. They heard Him preach in boldness to the amazement of the spiritual leaders of their day. They saw Him help the fallen to be restored. They observed His ability to witness to the young and old; the powerful and the hated. The disciples truly thought that Jesus had come to set up His kingdom.
However, things seemed to have changed from what they thought was the Messiah coming to set up His kingdom. The One whom they thought to be the Messiah was being taken by an angry mob to Pilate’s judgment hall to be condemned to die. In fact, the one who betrayed Jesus was one of the disciples who had walked with them for three years. The other ten disciples fled to their places, and Peter is left alone to follow Jesus afar off. Why was Peter following afar off? He was following afar off because he wanted to “see the end.” Peter thought this was the end of Jesus.
What Peter had not considered was that Jesus had come to die. Jesus did not come to set up His kingdom, but He came to die so that He could set up His kingdom. Jesus had to first die before He could come back to set up His kingdom. What Peter thought was the end was only the beginning. It seemed like dark days for Peter as he saw the sky darkened for three hours. For three days, it seemed hopeless until Sunday morning came. After three days and three nights of Jesus’ body lying in a tomb, what was supposed to be the end of Jesus became the end of other things when Jesus arose from the grave.
First, it was the end of death’s reign. Jesus had conquered death, and death can now only sting those whom it touches if they trust Christ as their Saviour. When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered death for all.
Second, when Jesus rose from the dead, it was the end of hopelessness. My friend, there is always hope because Jesus conquered death and sin for all. The believer always has hope because Jesus rose from the dead. You have hope that those who have died before you will one day be seen again in Heaven. You have hope that the dark days on this Earth and what you must endure will one day be over. You have hope that the wicked who rule this Earth will one day be subdued.
Oh my friend, no matter what you think is the end is not the end if you realize that Sunday is coming. What you may be going through right now may seem to be dark, and what you may be going through may seem hopeless, but let me remind you that Jesus only stayed in the grave for three days. Your day of victory is coming if you don’t give up. There is always hope for the believer that all sorrow will be turned into joy when they look at the empty tomb. Let me encourage you not to sit and look at what you think is the end; Sunday will come for you and your problems. The same Jesus who conquered death has also conquered your problems. Let me encourage you to keep doing right and serving the LORD because Sunday will come.