Peter Denies Jesus

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly Luke 22:54-62

Today we find Peter denying that he knew Jesus. Lust an hour or so ago Peter was ready to take up a sword to keep Jesus from being arrested and now he will not even admit he knows Jesus. This passage from Luke shows why it is good that we have multiple accounts. Luke and John just feel it was enough to show that Peter denied Jesus. Mark and Matthew however add the fact that Peter not only denied he knew Jesus but did so vehemently. In fact both writers say he swore. That sounds like Peter. Peter was rash and made his living as a fisherman. He most likely knew a swear word or two. There was something else Peter was, he was afraid.

Peter had followed Jesus from the beginning. For three years they had been together. Just the past Sunday the crowds had cheered as Jesus and His disciple entered Jerusalem. Now four days later everything was coming apart. The man Peter believed to be the Messiah was arrested and being put on trial before the high priest. How could this be happening? Had he been wrong about Jesus? How could God allow His Messiah to be put on trial? Everything he believed looked like it was coming undone. Peter did what most of us would do. He tried to distance himself from the chaos. He tried to protect himself. And to do so he denied Jesus.

Then the cock crowed. Jesus looks at Peter and Peter breaks down. He has done what he swore not to do. He is ashamed. He weeps and runs to hide. Peter is defeated, but in a little over a month what a change is going to happen to Peter. Soon he will be preaching Jesus to the crowds in Jerusalem and he will go to his death proclaiming Jesus the Messiah, the Christ.

Have a blessed day,

David

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The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Peter Denies Jesus

  1. PRAYING TO THE VIRGIN MARY? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Is praying to the Virgin Mary worship? Is worshiping anyone other than God a sin?

    Worship Defined: To show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate.

    Do Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary? Yes.

    ANCIENT PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY

    We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.

    Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.

    Save us from every danger, glorious blessed Virgin.

    REF: Catholic Online http://catholic.org/prayer.php?p=1131

    Praying to anyone is worship.

    —————————————————————————–

    What does the Bible tell us about prayer?

    Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ…(NKJV

    The apostle Paul did not thank the Virgin Mary. Paul did not thank God through the Virgin Mary.

    Luke 11:1-2 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven….(NKJV)

    Jesus told his disciples to pray to God the Father. Jesus never told his disciple to pray to the Virgin Mary nor any other saint.

    Matthew 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? (NKJV)

    Jesus not once mentioned praying to the holy Mother of God. Jesus never prayed to the Virgin Mary.

    Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. (NKJV)

    The apostle Paul nor any other apostle ever gave thanks to the Virgin Mary. Yes, Christians who are alive can pray for others, however, Christians should not pray to others, and that includes the Virgin Mary and other dead saints.

    Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

    We are not to give thanks in the name of the Virgin Mary.

    Matthew 6:9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
    10. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
    11. Give us this day our daily bread.
    12. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
    13. And do not lead us into temptation, But delivers us from evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (NKJV)

    The Virgin Mary has no power nor authority to give us our daily bread. The Virgin Mary cannot forgive us our debts. The Virgin Mary cannot deliver us from evil. The Virgin Mary has no kingdom.

    Praying to the Virgin Mary or praying to any Christian dead or alive is worship.

    We are to pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ. No man nor woman can answer our prayers.

    It is sin to worship anyone other than God.

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    • dwwork says:

      Steve, great comment. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been having a lot of issues with our internet provider and hope things have finally been resolved after over a month of various techs showing up. I am now trying to get a backlog of emails and comments addressed. David

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