Sation 4 of 14 Stations of The Cross …
- 1-10 – How would you rate your faith in Jesus?
- Are you where you want to be or would you like to raise that number?
- If you asked someone else to rate you, do you think they would rate you higher or lower?
- What if you asked Jesus?
- We are all imperfect.
- Thankfully, most of us are not what we used to be.
- Growing in faith is a process in which we get tested on the way.
- The tests are to make us stronger.
- Even if we fail a test we can use it to motivate us to do better next time.
- The keys to continual growth, are trust God, worship God and to obey God.
Peter the disciple had just finished telling Jesus that he would go to prison or die for him.
And Jesus responded, Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
Hi My name is Royal Farris. I am pastor of Life Connection Church in Euless, TX
Over a 14 day period we are looking at 14 Scripture references to the last hours of Jesus and how we can apply those to help us mature in our faith.
Today is Station 4 – Peter Denies Jesus
54 So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. 55 The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. 56 A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
57 But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”
58 After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”
“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.
59 About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61 At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”62 And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.
- Peter was watching Jesus be arrested and taken away.
- He was following and watching from a distance and he was asked by three different people if he was one of Jesus’ followers.
- Out of fear he denied it.
- Peter worshiped Jesus and up to this point he was happy to do what Jesus wanted him to do.
- But now… He lacked trust … and failed the test.
- You see we can worship Jesus emotionally, obey him tentatively, but in order to trust him we can not watch from a distance.
- We have to worship him as God, obey him as Lord, and trust his love for us.
- Like Peter our faith is an imperfect faith. It gets stronger as we worship, obey and trust.
- When we are close to Jesus, and we fail, we feel remorse and want to repent immediately.
- And thankfully, when we fail a test, Jesus loves us and forgives us.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for loving me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you Jesus for sacrificing your life for my life. Thank you for making my life better and giving me Your Spirit so I may live for you. Thank you for your grace and mercy as I am not a perfect person and I often need Your help to believe and obey. When I fail a test, please may I be open to your quick reminder and ask for forgiveness to get back on track and in your will.
In Jesus Name
Amen and Amen