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Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday before Easter...

Jesus is tried by Jewish and Roman authorities and disowned by Peter

Matthew 26:57-75
Mark 14:53-72
Luke 22:54-71

Peter denying Jesus

1.       Reasons for denying Jesus
Pride and self confidence
The bible warns us not to place too much self-confidence on our own self.  This will lead us into temptation.  This can be avoided by just being humble and not trusting our own abilities.  Talking and living with caution. 

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:
 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,
but rather think of yourself with sober judgment,
in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Romans 12:3

 Pride goes before destruction, 
   a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

Before a downfall the heart is haughty, 
   but humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 18:12

See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, 
   will lop off the boughs with great power. 
The lofty trees will be felled, 
   the tall ones will be brought low.
Isaiah 10:33

            Peter did not listen to the word of God. 
Throughout the bible there are several warnings that are sent out but we do not take them serious!  Those who ignore the word are implying they are smarter and wiser than God. 

Then the woman said to Elijah,
“Now I know that you are a man of God
and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”
1 Kings 17:24

When God saw what they did and how they
turned from their evil ways, he relented
and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Jonah 3:10

For this command is a lamp, 
   this teaching is a light, 
and correction and instruction 
   are the way to life,
Proverbs 6:23

So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts 
   to follow their own devices.
Psalm 81:12
Peter failed to prepare for battle.  He slept instead of watching and praying with Christ.  Temptation was greater because they did not have spiritual strength. 

2.      Direct Cause of Denying Jesus
Satan’s influence; God allows Satan to tempt those to see if they are genuine or counterfeit.  Peter was caught spiritually unprepared.   Peter also was surrounded himself by evil.  We can learn from this by constantly profession of our love of Jesus by words and actions. 

 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
Luke 22:31

 Every day I was with you in the temple courts,
and you did not lay a hand on me.
But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
Luke 22:53

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

3.      Peter was a coward
He was not focusing on Gods prayers and promises but what would happen if they discovered who he actually was.  He followed Jesus at a distance.    

4.      Third denial was when Jesus said it would.  This made Peter ache and he wept.

Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.
Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him:
 “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Luke 22:60-62

            Jesus still had love and mercy in the m idle of this suffering.  Even though Peter denied Jesus 3 times, Jesus never denied Peter.  When Jesus looked at Peter the love was shown and understood by Peter. 

5.       Peter denying Christ made this even more humiliating and even more painful for Jesus. 

Peter did learn and grown in grace through this experience.

1.      Humility
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders.
All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
 because“God opposes the proud 
   but shows favor to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
 that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6
2.      Diligence

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of
believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9

who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming
of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
2 Peter 1:5

Concerning this salvation, the prophets,
 who spoke of the grace that was to come to you,
searched intently and with the greatest care,
2 Peter 1:10

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this,
make every effort to be found spotless,
blameless and at peace with him.
2 Peter 3:14

3.      Glorifying God

However, if you suffer as a Christian,
do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
1 Peter 4:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others,
 that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

4.      Living as stranger and sojourners

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,
 to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
 Live such good lives among the pagans that,
though they accuse you of doing wrong,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1 Peter 2:11-12

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven
 and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this,
make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
2 Peter 3:13-14

Jesus is crucified

1.   Jesus was a righteous man who did no wrong

While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message:
“Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man,
for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
Matthew 27:19

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Matthew 27:23

2.   Jesus suffered pain and humiliation 

Then he released Barabbas to them.
But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Mathew 27:26

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.
 They put a staff in his right hand.
Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!”
they said.  They spit on him, and took the staff
 and struck him on the head again and again.
Matthew 27:28-30

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying,
“You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!
Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 
In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 
“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel!
Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 
He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said,
 ‘I am the Son of God.’”  In the same way the rebels who
were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
Matthew 27:39-44

The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
Matthew 27:49

3.   Jesus died on the cross

When they had crucified him,
they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Matthew 27:35

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice,
 he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27:50

4.   Jesus was crucified not for doing anything wrong, but for who he claimed to be.  

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor,
 and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
Matthew 27:11