Denying JESUS

In a strange but human way, we make and project distasteful and degrading attributes on the Apostle Peter. While we laud Peter for his unreticency, we disparage him for most of the things we read about him. Why? As a people, we love to blame and exalt ourselves above others. Simply, we are sinful. The pride we exhibit for such a great servant of God is indicative of us all. Peter did not act alone as we all are complicit in Denying JESUS!

Denying JESUS  was not Peter’s sole claim to fame. I believe that Peter’s denial is a window into the sole reason Jesus went to the cross – redemption, the Just for the unjust. By the grace of God, the story of Peter does not end at his three denials of Jesus. It really is the beginning of God’s picture of His love, grace and mercy. As you know, Peter was restored by Jesus and was instrumental in the spread of the Gospel as well as being responsible for several books in the Word of God.

Mark 14 is one of the four places in scripture that captures Peter’s instance of Denying JESUS.

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

I am no Spurgeon (+), so I would like to share some of his points about this matter.

  • Peter’s denial greatly increased the grief of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Peter’s fall and restoration are thus fully recorded to set forth the greatness of our Redeemer’s saving power in the immediate prospect of His cruel death upon the Cross.
  • Peter’s denial provides instructive lesson for us concerning the frailty of the best of men; therefore, trust wholly to your Master, but never trust in yourself.

Only God could make something beautiful and good out of Denying JESUS. Again, He illuminates another truth found in His Word. Romans 8 tells us that “28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified

Every time we doubt; every time we disobey; every time we disbelieve, we are guilty of Denying JESUS. Hallelujah for Peter’s heartfelt and personally experienced words from 1 Peter 3:18 – 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” The chief priests, elders, teachers of the law, Herod, Pilate or any of us can rob God of His glory. God has illustrated that the worst commissions of sins, Denying JESUS, could not stop His plan for redeeming man.

Peter and one of the criminals on the cross reveal that we all can be redeemed from Denying JESUS; however, “whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.(John 3:36). There is no recovering or restoration for one who dies in that state. Surrender control of your life now and stop Denying JESUS.


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