A little girl came very early one morning to her mother, saying, “Which is worse, Mama, to tell a lie or to steal?” The Mother replied that both were so sinful she could not tell which was worse. “Well, Mama,” replied the little one, “I’ve been thinking a … More
Peter had followed the Lord and gained entrance into the residence of the high priest. While Jesus was on trial inside Caiaphas’ palace, Peter was on trial in the courtyard. As he sat in the courtyard awaiting the outcome of the trial, he had three opportunities to speak up for his Lord. Instead all three times he denied he even knew Him (vv. 69-74). Peter’s denial of Christ was the climax of a series of failures:
1.An overwhelming attack of Satan (Luke 22:31).
2.His old carnal nature kicked in (Galatians 5:17).
3.Sleeping instead of praying (Matthew 26:40-41).
4.Bad company (Matthew 26:69).
5.Pride (Matthew 26:35).
Having lied twice, Peter finds himself forced to lie the third time. Immediately the roster crows which was a bitter reminder of Jesus’ words (v. 34). The crowing of the rooster reminded Peter of what Jesus had said (vv. 74-75). He knew immediately that he had failed the Lord. Apparently at that very moment the Sanhedrin had finished abusing Jesus and was turning Him over to the soldiers in the courtyard. It was at this time that Jesus turned and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61), and that look of love broke the apostle’s heart. Then Peter went out and wept bitterly. Peter learned some important lessons during this difficult experience. He learned to pay attention to the Word, to watch and pray, and to put no confidence in his own strength.
It is so easy for me to be tempted to deny the truth if I am put on the spot or asked a question in front of my peers or I think it may cause me a problem if I answer it truthfully. This is when I really need to call on the Lord to help me.
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Matthew 23:27-39White Washed Sepulchers
Matthew 24:1-14The Olivet Discourse
Matthew 24:15-31Future Events
Matthew 24:32-51The Time of The Lord’s Return
Matthew 25:1-13The Foolish Bridesmaids
Matthew 25:14-30The Wise And Foolish Stewards
Matthew 25:31-46The Sheep And Goat Judgment
Matthew 26:1-5Judas Plot to Betray Jesus
Matthew 26:6-16At Simon The Leper’s House
Matthew 26:17-30Passover With The Disciples
Matthew 26:31-35Three Characteristics of Jesus
Matthew 26:36-46Jesus Goes With His Disciples to Pray
Matthew 26:47-56Judas Brings a Mob to Arrest Jesus
Matthew 26:57-68Jesus on Trial
Matthew 26:69-75Peter’s Trial
Matthew 27:1-14Judas Hangs Himself
Matthew 27:11-26Jesus is Sentenced to Die
Matthew 27:27-44The Mockery And Crucifixion of Christ
Matthew 27:45-56The Death of Jesus on The Cross
Matthew 27:57-66Jesus is Buried in a Borrowed Tomb
Matthew 28:1-10The Empty Tomb
Matthew 28:11-15The Roman Soldiers’ Lie
Matthew 28:16-20The Great Commission