Peter’s SEVEN Fall’s – Part 5
Peter failed by DENYING the Lord!
Text: Mathew 26:58-75 (Msg) 57 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. 58 Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out. 59 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. 60 But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable. 61 Finally two men came forward with this: “He said, ‘I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.’” 62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, “What do you have to say to the accusation?” 63 Jesus kept silent. Then the Chief Priest said, “I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that’s not all. Soon you’ll see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, Arriving on the clouds of heaven.” 65 At that, the Chief Priest lost his temper, ripping his robes, yelling, “He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! 66 Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?” They all said, “Death! That seals his death sentence.” 67 Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. 68 They jeered as they slapped him: “Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?” 69 All this time, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard. One servant girl came up to him and said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 In front of everybody there, he denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 71 As he moved over toward the gate, someone else said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72 Again he denied it, salting his denial with an oath: “I swear, I never laid eyes on the man.” 73 Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. “ You’ve got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he got really nervous and swore. “I don’t know the man!” 75 Just then a rooster crowed. Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.
Jesus warned Peter that he is going to deny Him three times. Instead of Peter asking the Lord for strength, not to deny Him in times of great Tribulation, he said, Others may deny you but “I WILL NEVER DENY YOU”. In another sense he said “JESUS I WILL NEVER FAIL”. “That will NEVER HAPPEN TO ME”.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Corinthians 12:10 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
I have seen many people who have said that “It will never happen to me or my Family”, had to go through the same type of situations. When your friend, Neighbor, Spouse, a Brother or Sister falls, Don’t be quick to judge them, You may be the next person to fall. We are all human beings. We may all fail in many area’s of life. A child of God is like a Cat. When a cat accidentally falls into the dirt, It will not stay in that place for a long time. It will immediately jump out of that place & begins to clean it self. A child of God may fall into sin, but will never stay in that sin. The Holy Spirit will convict his heart & lead him to confess his sin’s to the Lord & continue to live a clean & Pure life unto the Lord.
You may have denied the Lord by falling into a temptation. It is Ok, We will all fail till the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now you have to do is just come back to the Lord & say, LORD I AM SORRY FOR WHAT I HAVE COMMITTED. I will not fall into that sin again. When you confess your sins to Him, He is faithful & just to forgive you & cleanse you.
Proverbs 24:16 For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,