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Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  Littlelamb on Wed 25 Mar 2009, 4:22 pm

It must have been hard for Peter, to hear the words, from JESUS; that he would deny HIM three times.

Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Of course, Peter denied that he would even deny the ONE who SAVES...

Matthew 26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

JESUS takes Peter with HIM, while HE prays..

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

How often are we like Peter, who fell asleep on his watch?

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

JESUS asks again for Peter to be on watch, while HE prayed...

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Again, JESUS found them sleeping...

Matthew 26:43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Judas came as JESUS had spoken and betrayed HIM...sealed with a kiss!
Matthew 26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.

One of the disciples took a sword...

Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

Fleeing in fear...

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. 57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

But Peter...

Matthew 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

Oh this is a POWERFUL WITNESS...how many false witnesses came forward?

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. 67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

Peter, CHRIST is suffering, what will you say?

Matthew 26:69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

Peter, what say you about this man JESUS?

Matthew 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

Peter, surely you remember being with JESUS?

Matthew 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

Peter repents..

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

This message is repeated though out the 4 Gospels

Mark 14:
http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=41&C=14#30
Luke 22:
http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=42&C=22#34
John 13:
http://www.omegaletter.com/bible/bible.asp?B=43&C=13#38

Judas denied JESUS, and hung himself. We do not know if he repented of his sin against our LORD.

Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Then, there is Peter. Peter denied JESUS, and yet we know he repented. He, found HIS FAITH, and went on to do many GREAT THINGS for the LORD.

My question's today:

Are we like Judas, and let the devil have his way with us?
Or like Peter, who repented?
Have we denied our LORD, yesterday, or today?
Do we act in FAITH, for HIS SAKE?

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  ChristianLady on Wed 25 Mar 2009, 7:27 pm

I think Jesus made Peter deny because of his faith because Peter followed him through his trial. It was destined for Jesus to die alone for our sins and not with Peter alongside Him.

Regarding Judas he thought that he had handed over an innocent man to be crucified. He never realized that he handed over Son of God to be punished and crucified.

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  Waqar Daniel on Wed 25 Mar 2009, 7:49 pm

Dear Susan

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and it was quite an interesting read. However, I agree with ChristianLady regarding Peter's denial.

Denial of Peter

  1. Denied he knew Jesus before a servant girl
    ...and a servant girl came to him. "You were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he [Peter] denied it before them all. "I don't know what you are talking about," he said (Mathew 26:69-70)

  2. Denied Jesus at the gateway before a girl
    ...He [Peter] denied with an oath: "I don't know the man!" (Mathew 26: 72)

  3. Denied Jesus before people
    I don't know the man (Mathew 26:74)

I agree here that Jesus was destined to die alone as our Savior of sins. Peter had no part in it and that is why Jesus allowed satan to let Peter deny Him before others.

However, I believe that Peter never denied Jesus as LORD and Savior but he denied to know Jesus as a man. I am not justifying this act that when we are under threat we may deny Jesus. At the same time we need to understand the objective behind his denial of knowing Jesus.

The objective was that Jesus had to die alone for the world. If Peter would have not denied Jesus at that time, the Jews would have also handed him over to the Romans to be crucified. The disciples who were willing to die with Jesus few hours ago during His arrest, later deserted Him and that was according to the divine plan.

The very same disciples who ran away, were later martyred professing the name of Jesus and refusing to deny Jesus. Peter boldly preached despite persecution and threats (ACTS 4) and the most daring was Stephen, who was stoned to death after his speech before sanhedrin (ACTS 7)

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  Littlelamb on Thu 26 Mar 2009, 9:36 pm

Thank you both for your responses. It is always good to dig deeper into the WORD AMEN!
Christian lady said:
I think Jesus made Peter deny because of his faith because Peter followed him through his trial. It was destined for Jesus to die alone for our sins and not with Peter alongside Him.

Regarding Judas he thought that he had handed over an innocent man to be crucified. He never realized that he handed over Son of God to be punished and crucified.
I agree, JESUS had to do this alone. The assignement from the FATHER was that this task had to be only completed by ONE without sin. JESUS knew this. HE was the LAMB who takes away sin.
Yes, I believe that the LORD WILLED for Peter to deny HIM. It was a TRUE TEST of FAITH, for Peter. I believe that Peter realized just how lost he was, without JESUS. Then there is Judas, who never really come to terms with what he had done, to the SON of GOD. I do believe he was remorseful, as he tried to return the BLOOD MONEY, that he took, when he betrayed JESUS. But did he ever come to full repentence? We do not know. But even if he did, he sinned again, by taking his own life.
Why did I pick this topic? It shows our human weaknesses, that even the beloved DISCIPLES had. In the weakness of Peter, we lean that he does go on to PROCLAIM JESUS, until his dying breath.
It also shows that the LORD will ALLOW us to be TESTED in our FAITH. It is how we react that matters the most.
Brother Waqar Daniel, thank you for adding:
The very same disciples who ran away, were later martyred professing the name of Jesus and refusing to deny Jesus. Peter boldly preached despite persecution and threats (ACTS 4) and the most daring was Stephen, who was stoned to death after his speech before sanhedrin (ACTS 7)
How may of us, would run away, if faced with being Martyred? This has been a deeply rooted question for me, to consider, and to pray about.
Do we BOLDY tell the TRUTH about CHRIST? Or, do we quietly praise HIM?
My prayer is that we will go forth in BOLDNESS and in TRUTH, without fear. I love you

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  Waqar Daniel on Thu 26 Mar 2009, 10:16 pm

Susan wrote:Why did I pick this topic? It shows our human weaknesses, that even the beloved DISCIPLES had. In the weakness of Peter, we lean that he does go on to PROCLAIM JESUS, until his dying breath.
I agree with you and we must encourage each other to remain in faith and pray that people who have accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior may never see decay of faith and those who do not know Jesus or reject Jesus may God in His mercy reveal His Son to them so that they may also be saved.
Susan wrote:How may of us, would run away, if faced with being Martyred? This has been a deeply rooted question for me, to consider, and to pray about.
If I would answer you honestly, I would say 99% would turn away to save their lives. Why I say so, is because I live in a muslim country. 99% of Christians show themselves as muslims among muslims and would also carry muslim names and it is interesting to note that all these people are also found in churches on sundays.

You would see no Christian act in them, if you quote Bible to them they would be unaware of the verses. Even if I talk on non-muslim countries as I receive so many prayer requests, majority of them only seek Jesus because of their predicament they have fallen into. To many Jesus is a name to call on in the tine of trouble and nothing more.

I recently received a prayer request from someone, and when I prayed, I was disturbed and I talked with them on phone. I asked them why they were using a wizard and at the same asked me to pray on them. Instead of being ashamed, they said, that if Jesus delivers them it will be fine, if that wizard delivers them there is no harm. You know on the top this family is Christian and the person is an Elder of a Church.

Now if you ask this question to this family, that if they are faced by the choice to denounce Jesus and live or accept Jesus and die, I think one does not need to be a Rocket Scientist to know their answer.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I do understand your point in writing the article and thank you for clarifying the objective of writing the article.

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  ChristianLady on Fri 27 Mar 2009, 5:30 pm

Thank you Littlelamb for your article and may God bless you richly

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Re: Denying CHRIST and the betrayal

Post  Littlelamb on Fri 27 Mar 2009, 5:35 pm

Dear Brother Waqar Daniel, I think that what you are saying about Christians in your country, may be as true here in my country. The odds, seem to be stacked against us, when faced with being martyred. However, FAITH must play an important role in our decisions. Learning to TRUST in the LORD, 100% and not running away, from whatever we face, is important for us to understand. I think about Christians who are being martyred all over the world, today, and I am praying that they have STRENGTH in the LORD, to endure whatever becomes them.




We must lean on JESUS. If we lean on our own understanding and power, we will fail HIM, when it is the most important time, for us, not to. This is why the following verse is so special to me. The WORD tells us:




Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.





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