by Jerry Vines

The Denial
Jerry Vines
Mark 14:27-31, 37, 47, 54, 66-72

When you study Jesus and His disciples, you become aware of the fact that there were two disciples which seemed to have caused Him more concern than all of the rest. I refer to Judas Iscariot and to Simon Peter. Judas is the one who betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ. Simon Peter, three times denied that he ever knew the Lord. As we have moved through this book of Mark we have noticed several different details about the life of Simon Peter. There seems to be a special relationship between Simon and Mark's gospel. It is generally believed that Mark was a young protégé of Simon Peter, and that many of the sermons which were written down by Mark and became the substance of the Gospel of Mark. So, when you read through the book of Mark, from time to time, you have very important glimpses into the life and personality of Simon Peter. You would like Simon Peter. He was a big, handsome, athletic kind of a man. He was filled with enthusiasm and was quite boisterous. He's the kind of man that whatever he did he did it in a big way. There was no middle ground in Simon Peter. He always went to extremes. If he made a success, he made a real big one. If he made a failure, it was a whopper. There was never any in-between in the life of Simon- Peter. The Lord Jesus knew that Simon Peter was destined to become a leader of the disciples. He was that kind of personality, he was that kind of man. But, there had to be a crisis in the life of Simon Peter which would bring him to see his weaknesses as well as his strengths, and bring him to the point of total dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ. This runaway personality of Simon Peter had to be corrected. The flaws in the personality of Simon which kept him from being what God wanted him to be, had to be confronted in his life if he was ever to be the servant of God, God wanted him to be. So, that crisis, that experience which took place in Simon's life was what we commonly call " ...

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