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The Failure of Human Willpower – The Gospel of Luke Series (Luke 22:54-62)

A.  Introduction

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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Mar 11, 2018 The Failure of Human Willpower – The Gospel of Luke Series (Luke 22:54-62) Listen Download