“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Peter Second and Third Denials

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

“Peter’s Second and Third Denials”, John 18:25) And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself.  They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of His Disciples?  He denied it, and said, I am not.  26) One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with Him?  27) Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.   John Gills Exposition- vv17,25-27 Simon Peter denied his Master.  v17 The maid had seen him in the temple, or in some part of the city in company With Jesus and addresses him after this manner:  art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? She speaks of Christ in the vulgar dialect of the Jews, calling him “this man”; not only esteeming him a mere man, but a worthless man; and knowing he had disciples, challenges him as one of them; when he, all in flight and surprise, not expecting such a question to be put to him, without any further thought, rashly and suddenly  he saith I am not:   he never denied that Christ was God or the Son of God, or that he was come in the flesh, or that he was the Messiah and Saviour of sinners; but he denies that he was one of his disciples; which was a very great untruth:   but he that had so much confidence as to say, though all men deny thee, yet will not I; and had so much courage, as, in the face of a band of soldiers, to draw his sword, and smite one of the high priest’s servants, but a few hours before, has not spirit enough in him to own his master before a servant maid!  v25-27  Peter stood among, and continued with the servants and officers of the high priest, warming himself by a fire they had made, it being a cold night; and this proved of bad consequence to him. The company and conversation of wicked men should be abstained from; no good is got thereby; continuance among such is very dangerous; men are too often more concerned for their bodies than their souls; Satan baits his temptations for the fleshly and sensitive part; and that which is thought to be for good, is the occasion of hurt.   This denial of his being a disciple of Christ, arose from the fear of men; and being ashamed of Christ, he denies that which was his great mercy, privilege, and glory.  Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – The sin of lying is a fruitful sin; one lie needs another to support it, and that another.  If a call to expose ourselves to danger is clear; we may hope God will enable us to honour Him.

“Jesus Before Pilate”, John 18:28) Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment:  and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall (Pilate’s house), lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover.   29) Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?  30) They answered and said unto him, If He were not a malefactor (someone who does evil), we would not have delivered Him up unto thee.  31) Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law.  The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:  32) That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which He spake, signifying what death He should die.  Matthew 20:19.   33) Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto Him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34) Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?  35) Pilate answered, Am I a Jew?  Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36) Jesus answered, My Kingdom is not of this world:  if My Kingdom were of this world, then would My Servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is My Kingdom not from hence.  Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 2;44.   37) Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art thou a King then?  Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King.  To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth.  Every one that is of the Truth heareth My Voice.  38) Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?  And when he has said thus, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in Him no fault at all.  39) But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover:  will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?  40) Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas.  Now Barabbas was a robber.  Acts 3;14; Luke 23:19. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v28-32 It was unjust to put one to death who had done so much good, therefore the Jews were willing to save themselves from reproach.  Christ had said He would be delivered to the Gentiles, (Romans) and they would put Him to death; hereby that saying was fulfilled.  He has said that He would be crucified, lifted up.  If the Jews had judged Him by their law, He would have been stoned.  Concerning our death:  Lord, what, when and how, thou hast appointed.   v33-40 Art Thou the King of the Jews?  that King of the Jews who has been so long expected?  Messiah the Prince:  art Thou He?  Dost Thou call Thyself so, and wouldest Thou be thought so?  Christ answered this question with another; not for evasion, but that Pilate might consider what he did.   He never took upon Him any earthly power; never were any traitorous principles or practices laid to Him.  Christ gave an account of the nature of His Kingdom.  Its nature is not worldly; it Is a Kingdom within men, set up in their hearts and consciences; its riches spiritual, its power spiritual, and its glory within.  Its supports are not worldly; its weapons are spiritual.  When Christ said, I Am the Truth, He said, in effect, I Am a King.  He conquers by the convincing evidence of Truth:  He rules by the commanding power of Truth.  It appears that Thou The Lord Jesus was treated as the worst of evil- doers,  He never deserved such treatment.  But it unfolds the design of His Death; that He Died as a Sacrifice for our sins.  Pilate was willing to please all sides; and was governed more by worldly wisdom than by the rules of justice.  Sin is a robber, yet is foolishly chosen by many rather than Christ.  Let us beware of crucifying Christ afresh.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.

    

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