Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of Peter’s denial of Jesus.

“‘Certainly this man also was with him; for he is also a Galilean.’ But Peter said ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying.’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remember the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today you will deny me three times.’  And he went out and wept bitterly.”

Why does Peter deny Jesus?

Robyn pointed out that Peter was afraid. His whole world had been turned upside down. His best friend had been arrested and Peter feared he may be next.

Jim said that Peter was under great deal of stress. There was a lot of confusion that night. Events were moving quickly and Peter found himself at the center of events. He wanted to defend Jesus but also protect himself.

Jenny added that Peter didn’t set out to deny Jesus. It happened because Peter got carried away by emotion and events.

We all agreed that Peter was devastated by what he did.

Why did Jesus tell Peter beforehand what Peter would do?

Jud said that Jesus wanted Peter to know that Peter wasn’t as strong as he thought he was. Peter needed to learn to rely on Christ.

Jack said that Jesus words told Peter how much he was loved. Jesus was saying “I know you will fail me but that doesn’t matter. I’m still going to die for you so that we can be together forever.”

Why does this event result in a deeper faith for Peter?

For the first time Peter realized what his sin cost Jesus. As the cock crowed Peter looked into Jesus eyes. Jesus face would have been bruised and bloodied at that point. Peter realized that his sin caused Jesus to suffer — and he wept bitterly. Later Peter would realize that when he was at his worst Jesus was at His best. Peter was far weaker and far more sinful than he ever dared think, however, at the same moment he was more loved and accepted than he ever dared hope. It is this knowledge that transforms the heart.

Next week John 20:1-10 and 1 Peter 2:1-10. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does John believe but Peter does not?

2) What is the result of trusting in Christ?

See you Wednesday night.

John

 

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