Eric McLaren 06-26-2022 // Mark 14; Peter’s Denial of the Lord Jesus Chris
Peter spent roughly three years with Jesus, during the Lord's earthly ministry. He witnessed unimaginable signs and wonders. He witnessed the Lord walking on water. He was there when the Lord raised the dead and when He healed the blind and lame. But as the Lord reached His darkest hour, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter couldn't keep his eyes open for even an hour. And as the Lord was arrested, Peter fled; even denying to have known Jesus at all, despite his boasts, "even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be;" (Mark 14:29 KJV), and again, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" (Mark 14:31 KJV). These were his confident assertions when the Lord warned all the disciples that they would desert Him, and Peter would deny Him.
One question that comes to mind is, how can someone who spent so much time with the Lord Jesus find themselves in a place so far from Him? In today's lesson, we consider five steps which resulted in Peter calling down curses upon himself and swearing he never knew the Lord. And as we consider these steps we are reminded that we are also prone to follow the same path as Peter.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word.