Peter stood a long way off, but he probably had little choice.
Scripture references: Peter’s boat: Matthew 13:1-3; Let the children come: Luke 18: 15-17; the Crucifixion: Luke 23:33-34.
Everyone always wanted to be near Jesus. We used to try to protect him, to keep the crowds away.
I remember when he sat in my boat, just to have room to breathe!
I remember when we sent the children away. He used to get tired just like anybody else, but No, he said, let them come to me. And climb all over him, arms and legs hanging on everywhere.
Now, no-one can get near, soldiers with swords and spears hold us back while they hammer nails through him and hang him up on high.
No last minute rescue.
The whole world seemed dark.
Let us pray for everyone in prison, especially those held for no real crime at all; and for those separated from their families and loved ones, kept apart by bullying governments and authorities.
Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom.