John 18: 1-27
Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
FACING YOUR FAILURE
January 26, 2014
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
US...
Matthew 16:16-19
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are...
Peter – The Right Life Experiences
Matthew 14:29-31
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the...
Peter Cuts Off Malchus’ Ear

Jesus Warns Peter
John 13:36-38
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus ...
John 18:19-24
• Jesus questioned by former High Priest Annas
• Jesus is struck in face for “irreverent” answer
• Jesus sen...
Mark’s Account
Mark 14:72
72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the
word Jesus had spok...
James 3:2a
2a We all stumble in many ways.
James 3:2a
God is not surprised by our failure!
Psalms 103:13-14
13 As a father...
FIGHTING FAILURE
1. Acknowledge Your Failure.
2. Accept God’s Forgiveness.
3. Apply the Lessons of Failure Toward Success....
6. Avoid Judging Failure in Others
1 Samuel 16:7
7 The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the...
Peter’s Death
• Jesus told Peter he would die as a martyr. (John 21:18-19).
• Scripture does not record Peter’s death.
• C...
Psalms 103:13-14
13
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14
for h...
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01 January 26, 2014, John 18;1-27 Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

  1. 1. John 18: 1-27 Peter Denies Knowing Jesus FACING YOUR FAILURE January 26, 2014 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA References • Slaying The Giants in Your Life by David Jeremiah • Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur Peter – The Leader • Four lists of the Apostles in New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts • The 12 are presented in three groups of four. • Group 1 – Peter, Andrew, James, & John – Peter always listed 1st as the Leader • Group 2 – Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas & Matthew • Group 3 – James(son of Alphaeus), Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas The Inner Circle: Peter, James & John • Present at Mount of Transfiguration • Present at Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus • All were fishermen • Came from the same area – Galilee • Two sets of brothers: Peter and Andrew/ James and John • All had been friends a long time Simon…Also Named Peter • Simon was a very common name for males. • At least 7 Simons in the Gospel accounts • Simon (Peter)was Simon Bar-Jonah or “Simon, Son of Jonah” • “Peter” was Jesus’ nickname for Simon • Peter means “rock” • When Jesus called him Simon – Chiding • When Jesus called him Peter - Commending
  2. 2. Matthew 16:16-19 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Saint Peter by Rubens PETER – THE LEADER 3 Key Elements For Becoming A True Leader 1. The right raw material 2. The right life experiences 3. The right character qualities Peter – The Right Raw Material 1. Inquisitiveness = Peter asked a lot of questions. 15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” Matthew 15:15 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Matthew 18:21 2. Initiative = drive, ambition & energy 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) John 18:10 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 3. Involvement = In the middle of the action 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29
  3. 3. Peter – The Right Life Experiences Matthew 14:29-31 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31 Matthew 16:22-23 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:22-23 Peter – The Right Character Peter went from…………to……………………., 1. ……………………..Controlling to Submission, 2. ……………………..Impulsiveness to Restraint, 3. ………………….....Pride to Humility, 4. ………………….....Hatred to Love, 5. ……………………..Harshness to Compassion, 6. and……………….Fear to Courage. Peter’s Epistles manifest this transformation! John 18:1-14 Summary • Jesus and Disciples in Garden of Gethsemane • Judas and soldiers come for Jesus • Peter cuts off ear of High Priest’s Servant • Jesus is arrested • Jesus taken to Annas (High Priest Emeritus)
  4. 4. Peter Cuts Off Malchus’ Ear Jesus Warns Peter John 13:36-38 36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! John 13:36-38 Peter’s 1st Denial of Jesus John 18:15–18 15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple (John) 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. John 18:15–18
  5. 5. John 18:19-24 • Jesus questioned by former High Priest Annas • Jesus is struck in face for “irreverent” answer • Jesus sent back to Caiaphas, the current High Priest • Jesus still bound in chains or restraints Peter’s 2nd & 3rd Denial John 18:25-27 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. John 18:25-27 Matthew’s Account Matthew 26:69-75 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75
  6. 6. Mark’s Account Mark 14:72 72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72 • How did Peter feel after denying Jesus? Peter Denies Knowing Jesus-Caravaggio How Do We Face Life After A Failure? What is the difference between saying: – “You’re a failure!”, and “You failed.”??? o One speaks to our character; o The latter speaks to one specific event in life. – Just because we fail one or many times, it does not mean we have been disqualified from the race to succeed!! FAILURE Facing Failure: – Facing the reality of failure – Facing the reason for failure – Facing the result of failure Facing Failure – The Reality 1. Facing the reality of failure 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 • The fact of failure is factored into our humanity.
  7. 7. James 3:2a 2a We all stumble in many ways. James 3:2a God is not surprised by our failure! Psalms 103:13-14 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Psalms 103:13-14 • Andrew Whyte (Scottish preacher) ”Spiritual growth is the saints falling down and getting up, falling down and getting up, falling down and getting up, all the way to heaven.” 2. Facing the reason for failure 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 • There is purpose in our failure. Reasons for Failure 1. We fail now so that we may succeed later. 2. We fail in the incidental so that we may succeed in the important. 3. We fail in the temporary so that we may succeed in the eternal. 4. We fail outwardly so that we may succeed inwardly. Peter Marshall – “It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.” Facing Failure- The Result 3. Facing the result of failure 2 Corinthians 4:16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 • On a daily basis God is renewing our inner man. • The world is perishing, so we do not put our emphasis on the outward realm.
  8. 8. FIGHTING FAILURE 1. Acknowledge Your Failure. 2. Accept God’s Forgiveness. 3. Apply the Lessons of Failure Toward Success. 4. Accept Failure as a Fact of Life, NOT a Way of Life. 5. Arise from Failure and Start Again. 6. Avoid Judging Failure in Others. Facing Failure 1. Acknowledge Your Failure – All sin is a failure of some sort, but not all failure is sin. – Don’t be afraid to admit it when you fail. 2. Accept God’s Forgiveness – If our failure is due to sin, confess it and receive God’s forgiveness. – Scripture tells is that God is a forgiving God. 1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 3. Apply the Lessons of Failure Toward Success – Learn to use failure as a resource or opportunity – Never accept failure as the final judgment or assessment of our potential. – John Keats (English author) “Failure is in a sense the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.” 4. Accept Failure As a Fact of Life, Not a Way of Life – Failure is an event, not a person. – Failure is something that happens, not someone you become. – Peter preached with fire at Pentecost a couple of weeks after denying Jesus. – Peter failed, but he was NOT a failure. 5. Arise From Failure and Start Again – The temptation when we fail is to wallow in self-pity, to sulk, to feel sorry for ourselves. – Best thing is to stand up, brush yourself off, and start moving forward again. – God wants you to be encouraged and trust Him for taking the next step.
  9. 9. 6. Avoid Judging Failure in Others 1 Samuel 16:7 7 The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 – God views things differently than man • The rich man and the beggar in Luke 16:19-31 • A Pharisee and a tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 • A Pharisee and a prostitute in Luke 7:36-50 Peter’s Reinstatement John 21:15-16 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:15-19
  10. 10. Peter’s Death • Jesus told Peter he would die as a martyr. (John 21:18-19). • Scripture does not record Peter’s death. • Church history records that he was crucified. • Clement recorded that he had to watch the crucifixion of his wife first. • Last words to her were, “Remember the Lord.” • Peter crucified upside down – declared he was unworthy to die as his Lord had died. Peter’s Crucifixion – Caravaggio Peter’s Life Verse 2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 Scriptures to Overcome Failure Psalms 37:23-24 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalms 37:23-24 Psalms 103:10 10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalms 103:10
  11. 11. Psalms 103:13-14 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Philippians 1:6 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Hebrews 4:16 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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