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Apr
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Denying Jesus

We’re going to take a little break for the rest of this week from the book of Luke and turn to John’s Gospel for a few days.  We’re going to be looking at the story of Jesus up to His crucifixion.  We’re starting today in John 18 with Peter’s denials of Jesus.  We talked about this story the other night at Fuel (our Jr/Sr High Youth Group).  We got into a great discussion about this passage.  We were debating what it means to deny Christ.  Does denial only come in one flavor?  Is it doing what Peter did and saying, “I don’t know the man!”?  Or do we deny in other ways?  When people are bashing our faith and we don’t speak up, are we denying Christ?  When we live like hypocrites and our lifestyles don’t match our faith, are we denying Christ?
We concluded the evening by talking about forgiveness.  There will be days and times in our lives when we deny the Lord Jesus Christ.  We’ll say things we shouldn’t.  We’ll do things we shouldn’t.  We won’t do or say the things that we should.  It is in those moments when we need His grace all the more.  Pray for the strength today to stand up for what and for Who you believe in.  May today be a day that we do not deny the One who stood up for us.

John 18:15-18, 25-27 (NIV)

Peter’s First Denial

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

 

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

 

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

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1 Response to “Denying Jesus”


  1. 12.31.2009 at 10:16 AM

    Whethewr we admit it or not “WE: are much like peter, if questioned oe confronted how many of us would admit that we know Jesus as a personal savior?


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