1. We must understand the immutable principle of boasting in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31; Zechariah 4:6; Revelation 7:10; John 15:5).
2. The prominence of Peter in the Gospels (Matthew 16:16 and 22-23; John 6:67-68)
3. Of the six separate trials Jesus faced that night, Peter’s denials take place during the second one before Caiaphas (Isaiah 53:7 and 50:6).
B. How did Peter get into this situation in the first place?
1. He did not take the Lord’s warning seriously (Luke 22:31-34; 40 ad 45-46).
2. He was not supposed to have followed Jesus at all (John 18:8; Matthew 26:31-35).
3. He took a seat in the enemy’s territory and he was an easy target (Psalm 1:1).
C. Peter’s Three Denials
1. To servant girl he denied knowing Jesus (v. 57).
2. To another servant girl he said he wasn’t one of Jesus’ followers (v. 58).
3. To a man who saw him at the olive press, he swore an oath that he didn’t know Jesus at all (v. 59; John 18:26; Matthew 26:73-75).
D. Was there anything that could have encouraged Peter that night?
1. When the rooster crowed, Peter should have known that Jesus was still in control (John 10:17-18).
2. When the rooster crowed, Peter should have remembered Jesus’ complete prophesy (v. 61; 22:32).
3. When the rooster crowed, Peter wept violently, in brokenness and repentance – which is always a good thing (v. 62; Psalm 51:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
E. Conclusion – The day of Pentecost changed everything for Peter – and for all of us (Acts 4:5-13)!
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