Saturday, April 23, 2011
The sharp contrast between Pilate's resolution of his internal conflict (for he showed both mockery and fear) and Peter's (for he showed both brave intentions and fear) is worthy of consideration. Pilate's way was to ratchet up the mockery, and so to deny the fear; Peter's way was to acknowledge his misery in bitter tears. So let us repent of our own internal conflicts in this way, and find in the Crucified the one who has done all the work of our reconciliation to God, saying "it is finished," as it is written, God finished all his work on the sixth day. The sermon.