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March 29 - Peter Denied Jesus

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Two disciples followed Jesus as the soldiers took Him to the high priest. One disciple knew the high priest and went inside. He spoke to a servant who allowed Peter inside the courtyard. The servant girl asked if Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter lied. He said, “No, I’m not.”

Peter joined the other people standing around a fire. They asked him, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?” and Peter lied again, saying, “I am not!”

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who had seen Peter in the garden when Jesus was arrested asked, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with Jesus?” As soon as Peter again denied knowing Jesus, the rooster crowed.

Later, after Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead, Jesus met with Peter. Jesus showed Peter He still loved him.

Read John 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-17

The Point: Jesus Loves People Even When They Make Mistakes

Did you ever take something that wasn’t yours? “Not me!” Did you ever do something your parents told you not to do? “Not me!” Have you ever disobeyed God? “Not me!” Have you ever told a lie? “Not me! I mean... well...”

Everyone has done something wrong. Peter was a disciple and even he did wrong. But Jesus forgave Peter. Who should be glad Jesus loved Peter even after he did wrong? “You and me!” Who else does Jesus love even after we do wrong? “You and me!”

Prayer

Dear God, sometimes I do wrong things and think wrong things. Thank You for forgiving me and for loving me even when I make mistakes. Amen.