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Monday, November 28 2016

Based on a sermon preached 11/27/2016

Matthew 26:69-75 KJV
[69] Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 
[70] But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 
[71] And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 
[72] And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 
[73] And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 
[74] Then began he to curse and to swear, saying , I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 
[75] And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Peter is one of the great characters of the Biblical story.  It is thought that he may have been the oldest of the disciples when he began his journey with Jesus.  He was outspoken, spontaneous and within the inner circle of Jesus Christ.  
It is Matthew 26 that details the passover meal, the garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal and apprehension of Jesus.  It further documents Jesus being taken before the High Priest.  The Bible tells us that the Jewish scribes and elders gathered and that Peter followed from afar.  They accused Jesus of saying that He would destroy the temple and build it in three days.  
We can read of the exchange between Jesus and the High Priest in...
Matthew 26:62-68 NKJV
[62] And the high priest arose and said to Him, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?" 
[63] But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!" 
[64] Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." 
[65] Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 
[66] What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death." 
[67] Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, 
[68] saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?"
As Jesus was being persecuted by the Jewish Religious elite, a young servant girl, saw Peter in the palace and said that he had been with Jesus.  He denied ever being with Jesus.
Peter moved onto the porch and once again someone recognized him as a disciple of Jesus.  Once again, he denied ever being with Jesus.
For the third time, someone recognized Peter and accused him of being with Jesus.  Again, Peter denied it, but even more he became angry and began to cuss as he denied Jesus for the final time.
As prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 26:34, a cock crowed with Peter's third denial.  It was at that moment that something happened.  It may seem just another thought in the mind of Peter or an insignificant turn of events, but I will tell you that it was a miraculous moment of grace.
The Bible simply says, "Peter remembered the word of Jesus."  For Peter, the Word of Jesus brought conviction.  He understood his sin and the Bible says that he wept bitterly.
It was David that said so many years before...
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
The words of God can bring conviction.  It tells us how to live a life pleasing to God.  A holy life.  But as we walk through our life there may be moments, days or even months that become challenging or even difficult.  Perhaps, it may be in a moment of sin or disgrace that it seems we are chained by our our own choices that we remember the words of Jesus spoken to the women that was caught in the very act of adultery.  
He famously tells her accusers, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
It was the words of Jesus that convicted those that accused, but also his words that revealed his grace.
John 8:10-11 KJV
[10] When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 
[11] She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
The power of His words changed a woman bound by sin in a moment and can do the same for us.
When we face the need for healing from sickness or addiction...if we will remember the words of Jesus...our faith will bring the healing that we desire.
Luke 4:18 KJV
[18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
When we feel like we have the weight of the world upon us.  It is the words of Jesus that make a difference...
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
[28] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
When we have no direction and seek salvation.  The words of Jesus will bring us peace...
Luke 19:10 KJV
[10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
When life seems to take away any hope.  Jesus speaks to the hopeless...
John 14:1-3,6 KJV
[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
[2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 
[6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The words of Jesus are powerful.  They bring hope, joy and peace to the world.  They are the very words of God.
When we study the Bible, we are able to plug into a power that is greater than doubt, faithlessness and discouragement.  We plug into joy, peace and faith.  When Peter remembered the words of Jesus, it changed him.  Within a short time, he was preaching the sermon at the birth of the church starting a revival that continues today.
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