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Summary: As a fisherman Peter had developed his muscles by rowing boats and casting heavy nets. He showed his physical strength in the garden; he was strong enough to take on the whole mob.In spite of these qualities, Peter denied the Lord.

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Title: The Rooster Crowed

Text: (Luke 22:24-25)

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:31-34, 54-62

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” (Luke 22:31-34)

Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.” But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:54-62)

Tom Lowe

5-23-03

Introduction

When we see an especially strong Christian face a spiritual defeat, we tend to think, “I would have expected that to happen to anyone but him.”

Peter’s denial while keeping warm at the enemy’s fire creates a similar surprise.

Peter was a strong individual, a great leader, and a dynamic Christian.

Peter showed his personal strength in three ways.

First, he was a strong leader.

Whenever the disciples are listed, Peter’s name comes first, reflecting the disciple’s view of his leadership.

Peter was one of the inner circle of disciples privileged to share in the special experiences with Jesus, such as the transfiguration.

On the day of Pentecost it was Peter who stood to preach, and three thousand souls were saved.

Second, he had a strong spirit.

Peter did not have a timid spirit.

He was a bold spiritual adventurer.

Once he tried to walk on water, and on the day of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, he ran to the tomb when he heard that it was empty.

Third, he had a strong body.

As a fisherman Peter had developed his muscles by rowing boats and casting heavy nets.

He showed his physical strength in the garden; he was strong enough to take on the whole mob.

In spite of these qualities, Peter denied the Lord.

It says in First Corinthians, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”


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