About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Second And Third Denials (ch. 18:25-27)
this short section we see Peterís second and third denial.
Peter was asked, "You are not one of His disciples, are
you?" Peter flatly denied
being a disciple of Jesus. There
was no hesitation on his part. There
just happened to be one standing by who happened to be a relative of the
man whose ear Peter cut off and he challenged Peter on his denial and
still Peter denied. After this
third denial the rooster crowed.
thing to note here is that the Jewish leadership in
horrible Peter must have felt. Heíd
be the first to do anything for Jesus yet now he has denied knowing Him
three times. Peter may have
denied knowing Jesus, but his faith and trust in Jesus did not fail, as
Jesus prayed. We at times fail
Jesus. Failing Jesus is a sin,
and Iím sure He doesnít like that, but not trusting Him any more is
something different altogether. The
important thing is that after denying Jesus, we come to Him in true
repentance and trust. This
shows that we have not forsaken our faith in Him.
It is our faith that saves us in the long run.
Peter did return to his Lord in true repentance and faith.