I made the point last week that these events happened at the same time: while Jesus was undergoing his trial, Peter was denying that he knew Jesus. Jesus was being falsely accused, with false witnesses standing up and lying about Jesus, while Peter stood by and lied about knowing Jesus. Peter could have been a truthful witness to Christ at the court case, instead he stood just outside, too scared to acknowledge that he even knew Jesus. Peter didn’t witness for Peter, he denied him. Today we will focus in on Peter’s story and his three-fold denial. We’ll consider his confidence, fear, sadness, and joy.
Passage: Mark 14:66-72
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 03/01/2009 in Novato, CA.