Disloyalty

Story

Peter had been with Jesus since the very beginning.  If Jesus had a best friend, it was Peter.  Now Jesus was in big trouble.  He was under arrest and could be facing the death penalty.  Did Peter stand by him?  No, he pretended he didn’t know him, not once, but again and again.

Peter must have hated himself, especially when he remembered that Jesus had once predicted that he would do just that.  Jesus knew him better than he knew himself.  He wept bitterly, partly for good the friend he was losing, but also for the bad friend he had become.

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Scripture / Matthew 26: 69-75

Peter had been with Jesus since the very beginning.  If Jesus had a best friend, it was Peter.  Now Jesus was in big trouble.  He was under arrest and could be facing the death penalty.  Did Peter stand by him?  No, he pretended he didn’t know him, not once, but again and again.

Peter must have hated himself, especially when he remembered that Jesus had once predicted that he would do just that.  Jesus knew him better than he knew himself.  He wept bitterly, partly for good the friend he was losing, but also for the bad friend he had become.

Scripture / Matthew 26: 69-75

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Scripture / Matthew 26: 69-75

All this time, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard. One servant girl came up to him and said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean.”

In front of everybody there, he denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

As he moved over toward the gate, someone else said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.”

Again he denied it, salting his denial with an oath: “I swear, I never laid eyes on the man.”

Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. “You’ve got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away.”

Then he got really nervous and swore. “I don’t know the man!”

Just then a rooster crowed. Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.

Scripture / Matthew 26: 69-75

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a maid came up to him, and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Application

We have all been let down or turned on by someone we thought was a friends, and it really hurts. Maybe we have been the one betraying a friendship? God knows we can fail, and like Peter we need to realise this and weep over our mistake, but God also makes it possible to find restoration and healing too.

Questions

Have you ever been let down by a friend – I mean really let down?  How did it feel?

Have you ever betrayed someone very badly?  How did it make you feel?

Is there any way back after such a betrayal?

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