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Peter Denies Jesus

Mark 14.54, 66-72
And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
We are all sinners (Romans 3.23). Think of times when you have denied Jesus as Lord in your life. Peter told Jesus he would not fall away, and Jesus told him that he would deny him that very night (Mark 14.27-31). Imagine the guilt and shame Peter felt when he remembered what Jesus said to him.

Have you broken down and wept over your sin? Can you share with others the forgiveness and grace you have received from Jesus due to your repentance? In John 21.15-19 Jesus affirmed Peter as an undershepherd and in Acts 2 Peter preached to the crowd about the good news of Jesus. Aren’t you glad his story doesn’t stop here? How are you sharing your story of God’s grace?

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