The tree falls with a great crash, but the secret decay which accounts for it, is often not discovered until it is down on the ground.

Matthew 26:69-75, part of our passage for today, tells of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus.  J.C. Ryle writes of a series of steps that he believes are recorded for our benefit and learning: The first step to Peter’s fall was SELF-CONFIDENCE. He said, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.” The second step was … More The tree falls with a great crash, but the secret decay which accounts for it, is often not discovered until it is down on the ground.

Decisively Defeated

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”… Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and … More Decisively Defeated