After the arrest, all of Jesus’ disciples scattered with the exception of Peter. Peter followed him to the courtyard where the council was trying Jesus. However, when Peter was confronted about his involvement with Jesus, he denied even knowing him.
Often people who are incarcerated experience the withdrawal of family and friends due to their crimes. Their feeling of abandonment only intensifies their situation. Understandably, friends do not want to be suspected of criminal behavior, and family members often feel ashamed as they share the burden of guilt. Families are sometimes marginalized by their friends, churches and communities.
Do you know a family that is currently facing the trial or incarceration of a close relative? How have you treated the family thus far? What could you or your church do this week to support them?