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Summary: Discussion of Peter’s boldness in telling Jesus he would stand by Him, his subsequent denials of Jesus, and how we do the same thing sometimes...

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Denying Jesus

Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75; John 21:15-17

July 26, 2009

Me/We:

I had originally planned to bring another message about that Last Supper, when Jesus instituted the sacrament of Communion.

But the more I actually worked on the message, the more I felt like God was telling me I needed to move on to the next section and revisit the issue of Communion next week, since that’s when we’re schedule to take it again.

So we’re going to move on to what happens just moments after Jesus shares this meal with His disciples, as they move on to the Garden of Gethsemene.

And it’s in this passage that we find Peter making a rather bold statement – a statement he’ll regret later.

Have any of you ever said something you later regretted?

For some, including myself the question isn’t so much whether we’ve done it, but how long it’s been since we didn’t say something, right?

For some, the only reason they open their mouth is so they can switch feet.

There’s a great quote I came across:

“Don’t say ‘giddy-up’ to your mouth before your head is hitched up.”

Cool, huh? I’m thinking of super-gluing that to my telephone…

A lot of times, we’re quick to speak, and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up saying something we’ll regret.

When it comes to the things of God, and especially about our love and allegiance to Jesus, it’s easy to speak, but what’s going to happen when the rubber really meets the road and you find yourself faced with a situation where if you say what you should it could get you in a lot of trouble?

And maybe not just a little trouble, like someone laughing at you or making fun of you.

Big trouble. Possible arrest, torture, and even death trouble, like many of our brothers and sisters around the world will face today?

Will we have the courage to stand up for Christ, whether the situation is big or small, or will be deny Him?

God: We’re going to look at three passages of Scripture that revolve around a specific event in the lives of Jesus and Peter.

Normally we only look at one passage, so I want to assure you we’ll be out of here at our usual time frame, so don’t worry!

The first passage is Matthew 26:31-35 (p. 703), and takes place as Jesus and the disciples are headed for the Garden of Gethsemane–

31 Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

"’I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."

33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."

34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."

35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.

Boy, Peter really laid it out, didn’t he?

You gotta give him credit – he was sincere and he was adamant, just like many of us are when we make these kinds of statements.

Some of you might be thinking to yourself, “I’d never make that kind of statement, anyway – it’s not safe!”


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