The One Jesus Loves, Part 37: Trial & Denial

Series: The One Jesus Loves

October 13, 2019
Landon Henry

Episode Notes



The Gospel of John


Trial & Denial

John 18:12-27


John 18:12-14 (ESV) So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews[a] arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.


John 18:13 (ESV) First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 


1.  Our failures don’t SURPRISE God.


Luke 22:31-32 (ESV) “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[a] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”


Luke 22:33-34 (ESV) Peter[a] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[b] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”



2.  Failure can be a REALITY for any of us – even the BEST among us.


What Led to Peter’s Failure?

·      Spiritual attack.

Luke 22:31 (ESV) “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat…”


·      Pride.

Luke 22:33 (ESV) Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”


1 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV) Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.


·      A prayerless life.

Luke 22:40 (ESV) And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”



Prayerless = Powerless (screen only)


·      With the wrong crowd.

Luke 22:54-55 (ESV) Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.


John 18:15-17 (ESV) Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”


John 18:18 (ESV)  Now the servants[a] and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.


John 18:25 (ESV) Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”


Luke 22:57 (ESV) But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”


Mark 14:68 (ESV) But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway[a] and the rooster crowed.


John 18:26 (ESV) One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.


Luke 22:60a (ESV) But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.”


Matthew 26:74 (ESV) Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.


Luke 22:60b (ESV) And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.


Luke 22:61a (ESV) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter…


Luke 22:61-62 (ESV) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.


3.  Jesus NEVER FAILS.


2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV) if we are faithless, he remains faithful—



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