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A Denial: Peter's Shame and God's Grace

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Scripture Reading
Opening Prayer
Introduction
Disappointing people
Matthew 26:34 ESV
34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
Matthew 26:58 ESV
58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
Note about harmonization
Exposition
Matthew 26:69 ESV
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
Matthew 26:70 ESV
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
Matthew 26:71 ESV
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Matthew 26:72 ESV
72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”
Matthew 5:34 ESV
34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
Matthew 26:73 ESV
73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.”
Matthew 26:74 NASB95
74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.
NASB (ESV “began to invoke a curse upon himself)
The word for curse requires a direct object
Matthew 26:75 ESV
75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Remember...
Matthew 26:33 ESV
33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
Matthew 26:35 ESV
35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.
Observations

I. Jesus is the True Prophet

Contrast with Matthew 26:68
Matthew 26:68 ESV
68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”
Application
Trust Jesus’ Word

II. Even the strongest of disciples fail

Application
Don’t expect to be perfect
Don’t look for “super-Christian” idols

III. Peter’s repentance begins with weeping over his sin

Application
Weep over your sin
Conclusion
Comparison between Peter and Judas.
2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV
10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
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