Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
March 4, 2018
John 18:12-27 Peter Denies Jesus Three Times
In the time when Christians were persecuted in China, two soldiers broke into a secret worship within a home. The officer stated, “Anyone who wishes to leave, can leave now and no harm will come to you.” Two families got up and left. The officer, aiming his rifle, said it again. And two more families left. When the door closed behind them the other soldier locked the door. Then both put their rifles down and the officer said, “Will you teach us about this Jesus? We want to learn from those who would die for this Jesus.”
Would I have gotten up and left or would I have stayed?
Peter denied Jesus three times. But scripture also tells us that Peter eventually was willing to stand up for Jesus and tradition tells us that Peter later died for Jesus. When life and faith meet, do we ever know how we would react?
- I am tested when someone walks off the street asking for help.
- I am tested whenever I drive by a man or a woman on a street corner holding a cardboard sign.
- I am tested when I hear someone verbally shamed.
- I am tested when I hear bullying.
- I am tested when I hear and see racism.
Peter denied Jesus. Tim Stoa denies Jesus. We all deny Jesus. That is why we are called to rest in the lap of God’s grace. When my 6-year old granddaughter wants to sit in Grandpa’s lap there is no better feeling. Is that how God feels when we know that we can sit in God’s lap of grace? God accepts us for who we are … a sinner redeemed in the cross of Jesus. Amen.