Intro: Jesus, Moses, and an old man go golfing.
The first one to tee off is Moses… parts the waters.
Jesus gets up to swing, cranks it out, the ball skips across the water and lands on the green two feet from the hole.
The old man's turn comes… fish, eagle, lightening… making a hole in one.
Jesus: “I think I'm going to leave Dad at home next time!"
Does Jesus always do the miracle just because he can?
54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”
57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
58 A little later someone else saw him and said,
“You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.
1. The word of God always proves true.
…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Peter was eventually forgiven and restored.
Jesus’ prophecy about Judas was also fulfilled.
21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”
Judas had already paid the the chief priests by this point.
Peter and Judas both experienced sorrow about what they had done.
Repentance or Regret? What is the difference?
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Signs of Worldly regret:
1. Try to make up for the sin with good works.
(Tried to give the money back)
2. Try to pay for the sin.
(to make up for it then suicide.)
Have you ever wondered if a person who apologizes to you is really repentant?
Is it real? Will they really change?
Signs of true repentance: (More research… ‘I’m not done with the sin’)
1. Admits the behavior as sin.
(I am an alocoholic)
2. Does not blame someone or something else.
(Fundamental Attribution Mistake)
3. Hates the sin enough to get help to keep from repeating it.
(about face 180 degrees; sponsorship vs. empty promises)
4. Longs for restored relationship with Christ.
(Take not your Holy Spirit from me. David loved Jesus.)
What’s the real difference? Judas did not LOVE Jesus. Peter did.
2. The only True Refuge is the love of God.
Wanna be successful? Love God over all else.
The third time he (Jesus) said to him (Peter), “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
Meanwhile Jesus is alone.
63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?”
65 And they said many other insulting things to him.
66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.
67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”
71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
Blindfolding so they could hit without being seen.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
3. Jesus knows what it’s like to be abandoned and misunderstood.
Misunderstood (he came to save them)
Abandoned (those who claimed loyalty bailed)
23:1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Like kids coming to Dad with petty fights. “Fix it yourself or I’ll fix it.”
“Go ask Mom.”
8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
Herod Antipas killed John the Baptist, thought Jesus was John resurrected, and wanted to see both of them out of curiosity.
4. Demands for signs and proof can be symptoms of unbelief.
“He gave them no answer”
A sign would have been wasted on them.
But both leaders saw the Son of God in person without believing.
Closer: Would a sign be wasted on me?
5. Love for Jesus aligns everything else.
Love comes with action. Sacrifice. Review 4 signs of real repentance.
“In every Christian’s heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne until he puts himself on the cross; if he refuses the cross he remains on the throne.” ~ A.W. Tozer