Bible Study - Mark 14:66-72 Peter Denies Jesus

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Mark 14:66-72 : 

Mark 14:66-72 Peter Denies Jesus

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66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the maids of the high priest came; 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway. 69 And the maid saw him, and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while again the bystanders said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

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Often times we hear this story about Peter’s denial of Jesus and think of him as a coward, on the contrary he is a man of courage who like all men have a breaking point and Peter reached his. Backing up to the Last Supper, it was Peter who said that the others might abandon Jesus but he wouldn’t (Mk. 14:27-30). Now Peter sits in the courtyard of the High Priest, a dangerous place for a follower of Jesus. Where are the rest of the apostles? As Jesus had predicted they had scattered, but not Peter. In the garden it was Peter who drew his sword in an effort to defend Jesus. What were the rest doing? They were doing the “prudent thing,” they were staying out of harms way, but not Peter. Now we find Peter, next to a charcoal fire in the courtyard when a maid recognizes him .

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She says, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” This most unlikely person, this servant, this maid, a person of low class caused Peter to deny knowing Jesus. Peter was afraid and ashamed to be known as a Christian. Haven’t we done the same in certain groups or at certain times?

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May God forgive us our cowardice and weakness as he did with Peter. Once recognized as a follower a coward would have run off, left the courtyard and maybe even the city, not Peter . He went to the courtyard gate but didn’t leave. The maid persists in her accusations and is joined by a bystander, but Peter again denies Christ. It is now 3 in the morning, the end of the third watch and the bugle sounds, the cockcrow. Heart broken Peter now weeps. While still remaining in harms way, he weeps in the courtyard of the High priest.

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We should be amazed at Peter’s courage. Peter could have kept quiet about denying the Lord but as a man of courage he didn’t, he told us, but why? By telling of his denial he points out not only his failings but also points out that Jesus never stopped loving him. If in Jesus final hours he could love and forgive Peter who had hurt his feelings and let him down in what appeared to be his time of need, won’t he do the same for you?

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