Way leading to the Denials
Disassociation from the Lord (vs 54; Matt 26.56)
Then took they him, and led
him, and brought him into the
high priest's house.
And Peter followed afar off.
- While this is not the first time that the disciples had been out of
their Lord’s presence, since our Lord started His earthly ministry, it is the
first time that the disciples were faced with the apparent defeat of our Lord.
Up to this point they had not been confronted with the possibility that
somehow the religious leaders, or the Romans could actually arrest, convict, and
apparently defeat Jesus.]
was Matthew who recorded,]
all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.
Then all the disciples forsook him, and
was this disassociation, or separation from the admonishment, and encouragement
of our Lord that would lead to Peter’s denials.]
Disassociation – Christians often become disassociated from their Lord in
their Christian Journey. Some
disappointment – They wanted God to do something for them or give them
something and they didn’t get what they wanted.]
– Some circumstance has come upon them that the Christian feels God should have
protected them from (death in the family, sickness, ect…)]
are many reasons why Christians become disassociated with their Lord in our day,
but none of them compares to separation experienced by the disciples and Peter.
Peter and the disciples were actually and forcibly removed from the
presence of their Lord. Today
always remove themselves
from God’s presence, because no human authority is capable of removing a child
of God from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our day.
So if you feel distanced from your Lord today, it is only because you
refuse to walk near unto God. God
has not left you, and no authority can remove God from you, you have distanced
yourself from God.]
Marks of a Disassociated Christian:]
failure to Read their Bible]
failure to Earnestly Pray]
failure to be regular in Church]
failure to give in tithes and offerings]
failure to sacrificially serve God]
Danger of Disassociation from God – If you have become disassociated from
God or distanced from God then know that you have set yourself up for a fall.
You may even come to the point of denying the Lord who loves you and gave
Himself to save you.]
Defilement of the Lost (vs 55; Prov 13.20; 2 Tim 2.16-17;
1 Cor 15.33)
[– And when they had kindled a fire in
the midst of the hall, and were set down together,
Peter sat down among
them. – Far too often, God’s people, all people underestimate the
importance and influence of our associations.
What do I mean by our associations, I mean those who are around you at
the moment. This is none other than
peer pressure working dynamically and momentarily upon our lives. ]
[Peter had walked in the presence of our Lord for the last three years.
The group of disciples slept near our Lord, they saw each others bed head
when they woke up in the morning, likely noticed each others odors (bad breath
among others), ate meals together, picked on each other, joked together, learned
from our Lord together, and most notably held each other accountable.
People are good about recognizing friends.
We are quick and often glad to attribute our strength of character to
those who we think have influenced us the most.
However, people are slow to recognize, and often deny, the marked
influence of those we hardly know but are in our presence at the all important
moments of decision. Of which
Peter’s denial vividly reveals for us in this text.]
[The Bible warns each of us, in no uncertain terms of the powerful influences
that have, do, and will impact our lives. The Bible declares:]
that walketh with wise men
shall be wise: but a companion of fools
shall be destroyed. ]
shun profane and vain
babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
And their word will
eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; ]
deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. ]
[Without a doubt God warns us to be careful about those with whom we associate.
Those who are around you will and are influencing you.
Some of you here have already erected a defensive wall in your mind.
You refuse to believe that just being in the presence of someone can
influence your decisions and actions.
Those who refuse to hear and heed the warnings and instruction given by
our Lord are the ones most likely to fall as Peter fell.
Open your hearts and minds and hear the Word of God.]
this passage we discover:]
Remarkable Speed with which our associations affect us – . . .
Peter sat down among
Peter had no sooner come into their presence when the denials began.
Most of the Gospels group Peters denial together so that one might think
that one denial came right after another, its just the way the events were
recorded in those Gospel records.
But the Gospel of John reveals a bit more of the dynamic of Peters denials. John
Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was
known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought
Then saith the
damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also
one of this man's disciples? He
saith, I am not. ]
[Almost immediately upon entering the High Priest’s house Peter finds himself
openly denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
He then goes over and sits down by the fire right in the midst of this
angry, accusing crowd. It appears
that Peter is almost immediately affected by those who are around him.]
Examples - Now think for just a moment about the remarkable speed with which
our associations affect us. A
child, in the presence of his parents, will be well mannered and respectful.
All it takes to turn this angelic, peaceful, esteemed presence into a
Tasmanian Devil is a walk through one door, out of the room with his parents,
and the entrance into another room where another terror or our culture is
waiting. But remove the terror of
our culture and place another respectful, well manner child in the second room
and the whole dynamic of the class is immediately transformed.]
Resilient Denial that our associations affect us
– It seems in our day that people refuse to recognize the almost immediate
influence that those in our presence have on us.
Until we recognize and admit that those who merely stand in our midst can
undeniably affect how we think and act we will continue to be misguided by our
Resolve to be Distinctly Christian in spite of our Associations – The whole
point in recognizing the influence that our associations will have upon us and
our children is not that we never get around lost people.
The point is that we understand how they might affect us and our children
and we decidedly resolve not to allow them to influence us in ways that would
cause us to sin or deny our Lord.]
should teach their children about the influences they will encounter in life
and provide them with the kind of instruction and training that will cause them
to stand, even when they are standing in the presence of the enemies of the
Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Discouragement of the Lash (63-65; 2 Pet 3.9; Heb 12.2-3) [–
the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote
64 And when they had blindfolded him,
they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that
smote thee? 65 And many other
things blasphemously spake they against him.
- Another factor that contributed
to Peter’s denial of our Lord was the beatings and mocking that were going on
while Peter was watching in the high priest’s house.
Jesus was being severely treated right in front of Peter.
Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Lord of all creation, but He
was still being persecuted right in front of Peter.
Why would such a powerful God allow Himself to be treated like that?]
are many in our culture who ask this same question only with a different
context. They ask,
why would an omnipotent
and loving God allow all the evil we see in our World?
The answer to this contemporary question is exactly the same as the
answer to Peter’s implied question.
The answer is:
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.]
Biblical Answer - God endures the sinfulness and evil of mankind in hopes
that all will accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and
will be saved. Jesus endured the
ridicule and shame of the high priest’s house and Calvary’s
Cross in hopes that all mankind might be saved.]
Cultural Deception – Those who ask these questions believe that their
question proves the fallacy and in consistencies of God where in reality they
prove without a doubt the unconditional love of God and the inconceivable grace
of God. Jesus Christ, without the
slightest doubt, had the power, authority, and resources to avoid the cross, but
without the suffering of our Savior you and I would be lost for all eternity.
The Bible states:]
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of
our faith; who
for the joy
that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured
such contradiction of sinners against himself,
lest ye be wearied and
faint in your minds. ]
the midst of your denial you need Jesus more than anything else in life.]
Wickedness Of the Denials
[from John Butler] [-
Notice that Peter’s denials reveal four progressive levels of wickedness.
These reveal the growing and maturing nature of sin in our lives.
When and if sin ever gets a hold in our lives we can expect it to
progress and progress quickly.]
Peter’s words were:
(vs 56-60; Matthew 26:69,70; John
18:26,27,17,25; Matthew 26:72,74; Mark 14:68) [– Peter provided four
distinct lies as he denied our Lord.]
denied being with Christ (vs 56-57; cf. Matthew 26:69,70; John 18:26,27)]
certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him,
This man was also with
him. 57 And he denied
him, saying, Woman,
I know him not.]
Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also
wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But
he denied before them all,
saying, I know not what thou sayest. ]
[John 18:26-27 26 One of the
servants of the high priest, being his
kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with
him? 27 Peter then denied again:
and immediately the cock crew. ]
denied being one of Christ's disciples (John 18:17,25)]
Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter,
Art not thou also
one of this man's disciples? He
saith, I am not.
[John 18:25 25 And Simon
Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him,
Art not thou also
one of his disciples? He denied
it, and said, I am not.
denied knowing Christ (Matthew 26:72,74)]
And again he denied with an oath,
I do not know the man. ]
[Matthew 26:74 74 Then began
he to curse and to swear, saying,
I know not the man.
And immediately the cock crew.]
denied even understanding the accusation (vs 59-60, Mark 14:68).]
about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a
truth this fellow also was with
him: for he is a Galilaean. 60 And
Peter said, Man,
I know not what thou
sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. ]
[Mark 14:68 68 But he
I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out
into the porch; and the cock crew. ]
[– It was Peter who once called Jesus, "the Christ, the Son of the living God"
(Matthew 16:16) and on other occasions referred to Jesus by such respectful
titles as "Master" and "Lord." It is this same Peter who now refers to Jesus
again he denied with an oath, I do not know
the man. ]
[Matthew 26:74 74 Then began
he to curse and to swear, saying,
not the man.
And immediately the cock crew. ]
[Mark 14:71 71 But he began
to curse and to swear, saying,
I know not
this man of
whom ye speak.]
[There are many in our day who think it
is endearing to refer to God as “the man,” perhaps they should consider that the
only time that this phrase is used concerning Jesus Christ is when Peter is
denying his Lord. Peter’s Words
were dishonoring words.]
(vs 60-61; Luke 22.33) [–
And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou
sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon
Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him,
Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. - Peter deserted Christ by
his denials, and he deserted Christ when Christ needed him the most.
After earlier asserting himself and stating:]
. . . Lord, I am ready to go with thee,
both into prison, and to death.]
is Peter deserting his Lord.]
Words (Matt 26.74; cf. Mark 14.71) [-
Then began he
to curse and to swear,
saying, I know not the man. And
immediately the cock crew. – Each time Peter was challenged and found
himself openly denying his Lord he is found himself slipping deeper and deeper
into sins dreaded sway. This is
exactly how sin works, the longer you abide in it the farther it will ask you to
there sin in your life Christian, how far has it asked you to go.
Have you denied your Lord in word or action.
How far will you allow your sinful denials to go?]
Weeping After The Denials (vs 61-62;
2 Cor 7.9-10) [–
the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the
Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wept
– Having rendered his three denials, our Lord turns and looks with His
supernatural flaming eyes right into the eyes of Peter.
As our Lord looked into Peter’s eyes Peter could tell that Jesus wasn’t
looking at Him, Jesus was looking in him, and our Lord’s gaze pierced right down
to his heart. Peter couldn’t help
himself, he began to weep, and weep bitterly.
There are two kinds of confession in life.]
There are those who:
Sorry They Got Caught
These are those who are quick to say they are sorry.
They are sorry, but not for what they did, instead they are sorry they
got caught doing what they did.
They know that technically what they did was wrong, but they feel the law is
unjust, or the company owed them something anyway, and what they did was only
wrong because they got caught doing it.
As soon as they are out of sight, they go right back to doing what they
got caught doing.
This is hollow sorrow.
It really means nothing. The
penitent person is merely trying to appease the sense of justice in the offended
individual so that their punishment might be lightened.
Even their sorrow is selfish.]
careful shallow and selfish individual, you may fool people with your trite
sorrow, but you never will fool God.
God looks at the heart, not at outward appearances.
By the way, don’t ever think that you get away with your sinful acts, God
never misses a thing. Be sure your
sin will find you out. This is not the Kind of sorrow that marked Peter on this
Sorry For The Cost
Christ looked into the eyes of Peter, Christ spoke without ever uttering a
word, and Peter heard Him clearly and loudly.
Body language is the most revealing form of all communication.
What did Jesus say to Peter.
Jesus said, “This is for
you.” Peter your sin is
expensive. There is a heavy toll to
be paid for every sin and Jesus paid it all so that you and I might be free.
At that moment Peter got the message, Peter understood the incredible
cost that had to be paid for his sin, and Jesus was paying for Peter’s sin, even
while Peter was denying Jesus.
Peter began to weep bitterly. You
see, Peter was sorry for the cost that he had laid upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
You will never find the desire to fight against sin in your life until
you realize the cost for every sin.
This is the price Jesus paid on Calvary’s Cross.
This is the kind of sorrow that will lead you to repentance.]
rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye
were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in
nothing. 10 For godly sorrow
worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the
world worketh death.]
Mar 02, 2008