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How many times have we ever needed a 2nd chance? I’m sure just about all of us some time are another could have used a 2nd chance to do something or another.

In the message today we’ll see how that Peter denied ever-knowing Jesus. He stated that he would even lay his life down for Jesus, and Jesus said to him that before the roaster crowed that peter would deny Him three times.

And of coarse it happened just exactly the way the Load said it would. But I want us to notice that Jesus didn’t turn from loving Peter, Jesus; we might say gave Peter another chance, as He does with all His children. And even to lost sinners.

I don’t know about you but he certainly was gracious to me and extended His mercy and grace to me many many times.

Let us keep in mind that the disciples didn’t have the gospel account to read as we do today, it’s possible that we might have been just like them.

To Jesus disciples it looked to them that Jesus had failed, Peter, and the rest of the disciples, were expecting something different.

They were expecting an overthrow of the Roman bondage and a new kind of kingdom.

They were going to be with Jesus all the way, and be His mighty men as Jesus took control and set up His rule.

But to them it appeared to have all failed, He didn’t conquer the Rome rule. And Jesus was even executed.

The disciples didn’t realize that this was all in Gods great plan, they as of yet didn’t understand that Jesus was to pay the sin debt at His 1st coming, they never considered are understood that He was to come a 2nd time to set up His Kingdom.

And so as Jesus was bound and led away the disciples scattered.

Peter was setting at the fire of sinners and warmed himself as they led Jesus by, we all know the story, how Jesus looked on Peter as Jesus was being led away. And then we read that peter ran out and wept bitterly.

But what we learn out of this is that there are three stages that many of us often go through for Jesus to make us better servants for Him.

*It seems that a lot of times we have the preconceived notion that nothing can tear us down because we feel that we’re so super strong in the things of God.

Listen as I read today’s text found in JN. 13: 33-38

this conversation occurred before Judas’s betrayal, listen as I read:

JN. 13: 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come;

36Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 37Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

And of coarse this happened as Peter warmed himself at the fire of sinners

Peter overestimated his ability.

He is arrogant. He has a certain belief in his own strength.

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