Passion: Peter’s Denial
March 11, 2018 – Pastor Will Clark, Family Pastor
The Passion Week of Jesus changed everything. One moment the crowds were celebrating him as their king. The next moment they are calling for Jesus’ crucification. Jesus’ last moments not only have profound implications on our Christian life. In time of life when we feel like we have failed or have been failed by others, we find great encouragement that we are not only in that feeling. We are able to find hope in the life of Peter as he failed Christ, but was forgive, found love, accepted by God and was empowered to become a mighty tool for the gospel. We, too have to the same ability to follow the example of Peter, by when we fail running to God or when others fail or hurt us being amazing examples of the gospel through the pain and hurt.
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
1. When have you been most prone to fail the Lord? How can you prepare for the next time so as not to fail again?
2. Peter’s life reminds us that the resurrection isn’t part of the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. What reason do I have not to live boldly and courageously like he did after his failure?
3. What failures or mistakes are holding me back from being loved, accepted, and commissioned by God and why? What can I do this week to begin not letting those hold me back?
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“We are not defined by our failure, rather what defines us is what we do with the command ‘Follow Me!'”Pastor Will Clark