Peter's denial foretold

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:31-35

Following the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn (yes, Jesus can sing) and departed for the Mount of Olives. On the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 26:32 that they will all deny Him "tonight".

The word Jesus uses, according to the King James version of the Bible, is "offended," a word which is better translated as "confused."

So, in this passage, we see the disciples as the "sheep of his flock" (see Zechariah 13:7). And we get a mental picture of a 12-sheep flock scattering in a state of confusion when their Shepherd is taken away from them by "strange men."

 

THE CHILD IN PETER

We always focus on Peter's "rash" assertions that he wasn't, and never would be, confused about Jesus. But have you ever wondered WHY a grown man would seemingly talk like a child when proclaiming to Jesus that he would not betray Him?

Why was that?

It was because Peter was walking with Jesus as a child would (REFERENCE: Luke 18:16-17), in response to Jesus' teaching that we all must receive the Kingdom of God with childlike faith. Now, we see Peter acting like a child because, in his spirit, he was one, and saying things a child would say.

Perhaps it was that same childlike faith that, iin Matthew 16:13-30 allowed Peter to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, thanks to a word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit, a spiritual secret shared with the other disciples.

And it was the child in Peter that drew a sword and sliced off the ear of the high priest's servant (REFERENCE: Matthew 26:51).

Notice too, that besides Peter, all of the disciples said they would not deny Jesus when He was taken away. "All" means 12 disciples. The books of Matthew and Mark agree on this point.

Jesus also tells Peter he will deny Him three times before the cock will crow the next morning. And when the resurrected Jesus appeared before the disciples in Galilee, no doubt Peter was cut to the heart when Jesus asked him three times, "Lovest thou me?" (John 21:15-17).

JESUS SPEAKS IN FAITH

In this passage, we can all learn a lesson from Jesus about walking in faith. Notice Matthew 26:32, in which Jesus lays out what He will do and where He will go after he is resurrected.

Talk about saying a mouthful !

If you are just "reading" this passage, STOP - and listen to what Jesus is saying to the disciples and to us through the disciples: "But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."

We are to model ourselves after Jesus. We know that, like Abraham, we are to walk by faith. Jesus knew that, too. It would be too easy for us to overlook Jesus' humanity, but Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He didn't give Himself any privileges on earth just because God was His father (REFERENCE: Philippians 2:7). He got what He got through faith, and so will we have to do likewise.

In this passage, Jesus hasn't even gone to the Garden of Gethsemane, hasn't been taken captive, hasn't been crucified and hasn't been resurrected. Instead, He is speaking into existence (creating) what WILL happen because the Holy Spirit has shown Him what must come to pass, and Jesus has both accepted it and has declared it as already done.

JESUS AND HEBREWS 11:1

Match up Jesus' faith with the definition of faith found in Hebrews 11:1.

Here in this passage, Jesus shows how to use your faith to affect your future. In its essence, faith believes in the power of God: That God creates substance when we confidently assure ourselves in utter belief that He will create the visible from the invisible.

God is still creating, and when His hand moves to help us in our circumstance, His creation power is activated in our lives, and it is absolutely essential that we believe that, or we won't receive a thing from God. When we rightly exercise our faith, we are calling things into existence which do not, at present, exist, just as Jesus did in this passage in Matthew.

BINDING AND LOOSING

This same principle is found in Matthew 18:18.

What we speak in faith as being either bound or loosed on Earth also has a corresponding action in Heaven, and it is enforced in both places.

Why do we say that?

Heaven and Earth are spiritually related - remember that, in the beginning, God created a kingdom on the Earth, and then created man and gave him the keys to it.

It is a kingdom that is both physical and  spiritual.

The physical kingdom you know - it's everything you see with your eyes.

The spiritual kingdom you don't know (unless God reveals it) - it's everything you don't see with your eyes, and for us to believe anything that exists inside of it, we must "see it" using the eyes of faith. Inside of this invisible, spiritual kingdom, God, who created man in his likeness, put a soul- inside of man - and a place inside of man's heart where only He could dwell.

When the kingdom on Earth was created and established by God, both Heaven and Earth were spiritually tied.

Once Jesus took back (loosed) the kingdom on the Earth through His sacrifice and resurrection, He re-established the spiritual tie, as the second Adam, between the kingdom on Earth and the Kingdom of Heaven. So, both the physical and spiritual rights to Earth are His.

Any rights of the Evil One, who stole the spiritual rights to the kingdom on Earth from man, now has no authority; and man, for whom the kingdom on Earth had been created, was redeemed through Jesus' sacrifice and victory.

And here is some good news: The miracle you are looking for today is inside of God's invisible spiritual kingdom. It only awaits the "eyes" of your faith to behold it, and your confidence (belief) to hold onto it, so it can be created and materialized on Earth.

THE END FROM THE BEGINNING

In this passage in Matthew, we see Jesus's declaration on Earth that He would rise again and that he would then go to Galilee, where he would meet with his disciples. Jesus' actions were consistent with prophecies in God's Word - God had already spoken it in Heaven. God's word doesn't return to Him void, He will perform it (REFERENCE Isaiah 55:11).

Jesus saw Himself as risen (resurrected), walking around and conversing with His disciples after his resurrection - even getting there to Galilee ahead of them.

Jesus said He always spoke what He heard His Father speak (John 12:49), which is what He did in this passage, perhaps under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (which is also God, a person of the Godhead and, thus, not an "it.").

IN THE 'BEGINNING' WAS THE 'END'

Jesus heard God's word, believed it, and then spoke the word's fulfillment into existence, thus declaring the "end from the beginning" (Isaiah 46:10). The "beginning" was when the word was spoken. The "end" was when it was actually accomplished - thus moving it from the Heavenly to the Earthly, from the invisible to the visible, and from the spiritual to the physical. And it was God who saw the end fulfilled even as He spoke the beginning.

Faith is the period between the "beginning" and the "end." And belief and confidence in God are its twin pillars. We believe with all of our invisible "heart" that an invisible God will create a visible result, all the time "seeing it" with our invisible spiritual "eyes" as if it were already created.