Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div
IV. THE FOURTH STEP, THE FAILURE ITSELF, WHICH WAS ALMOST UNAVOIDABLE.
A. Peter made his final contribution to his denial of Christ by telling a lie.
1. One part of the lie was he told the servant girl who if he was a not a disciple of Christ. He was!
2. Peter’s second lie was being outside by the fire he was with the enemies of the Lord, and he tried as best he could to act as if what was going on inside did not matter to him. It did! Matt 26:69-74
B. Inside the Son of Man was being judged by sinful and wicked men, outside in the court yard, a terrorized voice could loudly be heard swearing that he did not even know who Jesus was.
1. Peter had cooperated with Satan so well, so diligently that he made his own fall almost unavoidable!
2. Soon the rooster crowed and it was over. He had denied the one who loved him and would soon died for his sins.
3. As the first maid asked him if he was with Christ he could have stopped, he could have repented and been the faithful servant of God he had claimed to be….but he did not.
4. The second maid asks him the same question and again he has a chance to turn from his sin….yet he does not.
The third time, Peter angrily cursed and swore denying that he knew Christ. Those there knew the truth….they said his speech betrayed him. You can not live with the Son of God three years and not have a change in your speech.
The awful hurt and bitterness that he felt as he fully realized what he had done.
Luke 22:61 states that at the moment that Peter denied the Lord, Jesus turned and looked at him. Peter then went outside and wept bitterly.
CONTINUES TOMORROW …..