Welcome back to those who have been with us on this amazing adventure. The events that are about to happen next are known as the Passion of Christ. What is the
? The Passion is a term used to describe the sufferings of Christ between the Last Supper and His death. This is where we will begin.
PETER DENYING JESUS TRUTH
WHY PETER DENIED JESUS STORY
Jesus said to Peter, James and John, Get up, the one who betrays me is near, and while He spoke, one of His 12 Apostles ... Judas, came there with a crowd of officers from the chief priests, elders and Pharisees, carrying lanterns, torches, swords and spears.
Judas had alerted the officers beforehand, telling them, The one that Iíll greet with a kiss is Jesus, He is the one you want. As Judas went ahead of them and came near, Jesus said, Judas, you betray the Son of man with a kiss? Jesus had predicted this earlier ...
And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in
the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it
is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man
is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been
born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master,
is it I? He said unto him,
Thou hast said.
Keep in ind as we sojourn along in this Peter Denying Jesus voyage sharing why Peter denied Jesus, that Jesus already knew everything that was about to happen. So, He stepped forward and said to them, Who are you
looking for? Jesus of Nazareth, they said. I am He, Jesus replied,
and as soon as He said it, they fell backward to the ground. He
asked them again, Who are you looking for? And they said again,
Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said, Iíve told you that I am He. If youíre
looking for me, then let the others go their way.
When the disciples saw what was about
to happen, they asked, Lord, should we fight with the sword? Then
Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, the servant of
the high priest. Jesus touched Malchusí ear and healed him. Then He
said to Peter, Put your sword into itís place. Those who take the
sword, will die by the sword. Do you think that I canít right now pray to my
Father, and He will immediately give me more than twelve legions of
Angels? But then how would the
Scriptures be fulfilled? It must be this way. (This was prophecy
Isaiah 53:7.) The cup
that my Father has given me, should I not drink it?
Another lil tidbit to remember as we learn about Peter Denying Jesus and why Peter denied Jesus is to never forget
that Jesus had the CHOICE to lay down His life for our sins. We now
have the CHOICE to believe and love Him for doing so.
Then Jesus said to His persecutors,
Have you come out as if I were a thief, with swords and spears to
take me? I sat every day with you, teaching in the Temple and you
didnít lay a hand on me, but this is your hour, and the power of
all this was done to fulfill the scriptures of
the prophets. Then all the Apostles forsook Jesus and fled,
just as He said they would.
They took Jesus and tied Him, and
struck Him repeatedly. When they blindfolded Him, they struck Him on
the face, and asked Him, mocking, Prophecy, and tell us which one of
us it was that hit you? They spoke many blasphemies against Him and
then led Him to Annas, the father-in-law to Caiaphas, the high
priest. With Annas, all the chief priests, the elders and the
scribes were assembled (all the wanna be religious leaders of
Caiaphas was the one who advised the
Jewish people that it was advantageous for one man to die for the
people. Annas asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.
Jesus answered, I have spoken openly to the world. I always taught
in the synagogue, and in the Temple, where the Jewish people always
go. Iíve said nothing in secret. Why ask me? Ask those who heard me,
what I said to them, they know what I said. One of the officers
struck Jesus with the palm of his hand saying, You dare answer the
high priest in such a manner? Jesus said, If Iíve spoken evil,
testify of the evil, but if Iíve spoken TRUTH, why do you hit me?
Here is the story of Peter denying Jesus telling us the reason why Peter denied Jesus ... In the meanwhile, Peter and John had
followed at a distance to the palace of the high priest. John was an
acquaintance of the high priest so he was allowed into the court
with Jesus, while Peter stayed outside. John came out and spoke to
the woman who kept the door and brought Peter in. She said to Peter,
Arenít you one of this manís disciples too? Peter said, I donít know
what youíre talking about. This was Peterís first denial of Jesus.
It was cold, so the servants and officers kindled a fire in the
middle of the hall and Peter sat among them and warmed himself by
Now, Annas sent Jesus, bound, over to
the council of the elders of the people, the chief priests and the
scribes. They searched for evidence against Jesus to put Him to
death, but couldnít find any. Many people told lies about Him but
their stories didnít match or agree with one another. They spoke
against Him saying, We heard Him say, Iíll destroy this Temple made
with hands, and within three days Iíll build another made without
hands. (Now obviously Jesus was referring to His own Temple, His
body, and He would restore His Temple within 3 days when He
Caiaphas stood up and said to Jesus,
Donít you have anything to say about what these people testify about
you? But Jesus remained silent. Caiaphas said, I command you by the
living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of
God. Jesus said, If I tell you, you wonít believe (John 10:35-36), and if I also ask you, you wonít answer me or let me go. Nevertheless I
tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man sitting on the right
hand of power and coming in the clouds of Heaven. Then they all
asked, Are you then, the Son of God? He said to them, You say that I
Caiaphas tore his clothes saying,
Heís spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses?
Youíve heard it from His own mouth! What do you think? They all
condemned Him to be guilty of death. They spit in His face and
buffeted Him. Others hit Him with the palms of their hands.
Here comes Peter denying Jesus again and we are starting to see why Peter denied Jesus. As Peter sat by the fire in the
palace, one of the maids of the high priest saw him and looked
carefully at him. She said, You were with Jesus of Nazareth too.
Peter promised in front of everyone, Woman, I donít know the man.
This was the second time Peter denied Jesus.
After a while, Malchus, whoís ear
Peter cut off, came up to Peter with others that stood by when Jesus
was arrested, and said, Didnít I see you in the garden with Him?
Surely youíre one of them, your accent gives you away. Peter began
to curse and swear, saying, Man, I am not! This was his third
denial. And while Peter was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
Jesus turned and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the words of
Jesus and how He said to him, Before the rooster crows, youíll deny
me three times. Peter went out and wept bitterly.
PETER DENYING JESUS SUMMARY
WHY PETER DENIED JESUS ANSWERED
Imagine the nightmare this was for
Peter. Earlier that evening he was assuring, promising, even
insisting to the point of anger that he would never deny his Lord,
and would even die the death for Him. Now just a few short hours
later, he just as adamantly claims to have never known Him. Then he
hears the crow and he comes to his senses and his whole world has
crashed in on him in three sentences. Just as Jesus had predicted.
Jesus said unto him,
Verily I say unto thee,
That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me
All of Jesus' Apostles abandoned Him.
They cowardly ran away when Jesus was arrested, none of them
volunteering to testify on His behalf. But, remember Jesus told the
men that came to get Him to let them go. So even the Apostles were
unknowingly fulfilling scripture.
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is
my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the
sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the
GOD IS IN CONTROL
Peter Denying Jesus was something most would have done in that situation. We have seen some other negative character traits among the Apostles as well,
including fear, doubt, pride, and jealousy. They were a lot like ... You
and I. And as you just learned, they also knew regret and
Despite why Peter denied Jesus, it is clear in the Bible that Peter is still the rock that Jesus said that He would build His Church (Christianity) upon. But, as you just learned once again, God had a purpose for Peter too. Had he rushed in
to Jesusí rescue and did anything different than he did, Scripture Prophecy wouldnít have been fulfilled and the Hope for Salvation would be lost.
Back to our Peter Denying Jesus Bible story. Jesus suffered utter humiliation. He was innocently accused of blasphemy and now He faces death. A horrible death that most cannot fathom. And He will continue to endure ... For YOU.
In conclusion ... Our Peter Denying Jesus Bible study explained the reason why Peter denied Jesus was fear, doubt and CON-fusion over what he was experiencing, when in reality, God was in control. All these things that happened to Jesus was prophecy and was intended to occur just as it did as to bring us Salvation by Jesus taking our sins upon Himself and being brutally punished for it. Therefore, Peter denying Jesus was also intended to occur as to enhance His faith in the end as Peter is the foundation of the Church and that ... Is why Peter denied Jesus.
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