John Lesson 18 Day 3

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John Lesson 18 Day 3

Jesus prophecies Peter’s denial

John 13:36-38

6. Simon Peter’s questions

“Lord, where are you going?”

“Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

[The other disciples said the same thing. See Matthew 26:35 and Mark 14:31]

Some think Peter assumed Jesus planned to take a trip without His disciples, and he (Peter) didn’t want to be separated from Jesus or let Him travel alone without assistance.

It was the disciple’s duty to follow the rabbi. “Peter felt so committed to his discipleship to Jesus that not only would be follow Him, but also ‘lay down my life for Your sake.'”

“Jesus had spent three-and-a-half years discipling Peter, yet Peter didn’t even know where Jesus was going. Peter wasn’t alone (John 14:5). The information was present, but it seems he lacked the ability to connect the dots and put all the teaching Jesus had given him together in any practical way that would affect his understanding.” Andrew Wommack

Jesus prophesied about His death fourteen times—three times before the one recorded in this passage. [John 2:19; Matthew 12:39-40; John 6:51.]

Peter believed he had the strength to face prison and death with Jesus. [See Luke 22:33] His spirit was willing but his flesh was weak. Until…”Peter was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Peter became a mighty man of faith and power with supernatural understanding. What a testament as to the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.” (Andrew Wommack) (see Acts 1:8)

Peter later wrote—

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

7. a. Jesus’ replies to Peter with a warning.

The promise:

“You will follow afterward.” John 13:36b But this promise refers to Peter being martyred.

In Luke’s account, (Luke 22:31-34), Jesus tells Peter what is going behind the scenes.

The first warning with encouragement:

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

Then, Simon Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”

The second warning:

“Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.” John 13:38

b. The disciples were aware that Judas just left to betray Jesus.

Emotions were already high, and now Jesus predicts even Simon Peter will deny him three times. He was perhaps the most zealous among them so I can imagine they were all shaken and feeling anxious about the night ahead.

8. My response

My dear missionary friend is here on sabbatical. She and other believers where she serves face so many frightening difficulties. I think of her stories as modern examples.

Father, talk plainly to me and tell me what is going on behind the scenes so I know how to pray and prepare.

I know you have plans for me, and I want to cooperate and fulfill my destiny. I’m grateful that even when I do not know the dangers, Jesus intercedes on my behalf. Amen.

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