I. Associating with the enemies of God
A. Peter didn’t want to get too close to Jesus (Luke 22:54; John 18:15-16)
B. Peter didn’t object to sitting with His enemies though (Luke 22:55; Psalm 1:1; Ephesians 5:8-11)
C. He didn’t want to stand out in the crowd (Luke 22:56-57; 1 Peter 4:1-4)
II. The danger of the “little white lie”
A. His attempt to stay incognito (Luke 22:56-58)
B. Are you ashamed of the Lord, His church, His truth? (1 Peter 3:15)
III. One sin often leads to more sin
A. The arrest in Gethsemane (Luke 22:49-50; John 18:10-11; Luke 22:51; John 18:26-27; Luke 22:60)
B. Easier and easier to repeat sin, sometimes out of self-preservation
IV. How do we respond to our error?
A. Caught red-handed (Luke 22:60-61)
B. The omnipresence of God (Hebrews 4:13)
C. Godly sorrow (Luke 22:62; 1 John 1:9)
A. Encouraged among His disciples (Luke 22:40; 11:4; 22:33-34; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
B. Demonstrated in His own prayer (Luke 22:41; Mark 14:35; Matthew 26:39; Luke 18:9-14)
II. Submission to the Father’s will
A. “The cup” (Luke 22:42, 44; John 12:27)
B. Total submission (Hebrews 5:7-9; Philippians 2:5-8)
A. Ministering angels (Luke 22:43; Matthew 4:11; Psalm 69:20; Luke 2:8-14)
B. We must help our Christian family (Luke 22:44; Galatians 6:2; James 2:15-16)
I. Greatness according to man
A. Their dispute (Luke 22:24)
B. Based on faulty concept of His kingdom (Acts 1:6)
C. The world’s way of doing things (Luke 22:25)
II. Greatness according to God
A. Humility (Luke 22:26; 20:46; Matthew 20:20-28; 1 Peter 5:2-3)
B. Service (Luke 22:27; John 13:1-17)
III. The value of loyalty
A. Loyalty remembered (Luke 22:28; John 6:60-69; 11:5-8,14-16)
B. Loyalty rewarded (Luke 22:29-30; Colossians 3:1-4)
Day 22/260: Read Luke 22
How much distance have you put between yourself and the Christ? When the authorities took Jesus into custody, Peter continued to follow, but “at a distance.” He was not as close as he should have been.
Distancing himself from the Savior weakened Peter’s resolve. Three times he was identified as one of the Lord’s disciples, and three times he denied it. Mark’s gospel says the apostle “began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know this Man of whom you speak!’” (Mark 14:71).
Do your co-workers know that you are a Christian? Can they identify you as a follower due to your speech and your way of life? Or have you distanced yourself so far from the doctrine of Christ that no one would ever guess you called yourself a Christian? The further away we distance ourselves, the easier it is to deny the Lord in our words and actions. Rather, we should give God the preeminent position in our heart and live according to His example.
This same Peter who denied Christ later wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Pray for a closer walk with Christ, recognizing your own weakness and His strength.