Jesus & Peter in John 18

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I’ve had a few requests for the points from Sunday’s message re: the comparison between Jesus and Peter. Check them out below. If you have other insights or thoughts I would love to hear them from you!! Leave a comment!

Also, if you want to check out the video that I used you can find it here.

Jesus and Peter each make a confession or maybe you would say they reply to questions about who they are – three times for each of them.

“I am He” – Jesus makes this statement in verses 6 & 8 and makes a very similar statement to Pilate in verse 37.

“I am not” – Three times Peter denies the Lord – verses 17, 25, 27.

As you read the passage you see that we have two story lines running side by side to each other.

Verses 4-9 – Jesus

Verses 10-11 – Peter

Verses 12-14 – Jesus

Verses 15-18 – Peter

Verses 19-24 – Jesus

Verses 25-27 – Peter

Verses 28-40 – Jesus

Looking further in the chapter we can find the following observations about each man

Regarding Jesus:

Verses 4-ff – Calmness, composed, confident, steady, determined?

Verse 8 – A concern for others

Verse 11 Submission not to man but to God

Verse 12 – Bound and taken; also in verse 24

Verse 19-ff –Interrogated, answered with truth

Verses 20-24 – bold confession, even retort, although respectful, still under control emotionally

Verse 30 – Accused wrongly

Verse 33 – Who are you?

Verses 36-37 – Knows his mission, why he is here, has purpose

Verse 38 – Announced innocent by Pilate

Verse 40 – The innocent is condemned

Regarding Peter:

Verses 10-11 – Not under control, violent

Verse 15 – Followed, left of his own free will, free and unbound

Verse 17 – Rightly accused

Verse 18 – Free, warm and interrogated

Verse 25 – Who are you?

Verses 26-27 – Interrogated and answered falsely; cowardly

Verse 27 – Announced guilty by the rooster

The guilty goes free

From these observations we made these comparisons: (Jeus VS. Peter)

Arrest:  Calm, confident VS. violent, uncontrolled

Post-arrest:  Bound/taken VS. free, unbound

Interrogated:  Replied truthful VS. replied falsely

Accused:  Wrongly VS. rightly

Who are you:  Are the King? VS are you one of them

Verdict:  Innocent by Pilate VS. guilty by the rooster

The final and most important observation is this: that the innocent is condemned while the guilty goes free!

“You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.”   1 John 3:5

“ For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”    2 Corinthians 5:21


So you STILL think God is a merciful God?!

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I’ve seen this post on the web but just read it tonight. It seems like Marie is attempting to live out the kind of faith that we talked about in our study of John 9 — that our circumstances are not as much about us as they are revealing who God is and getting a sneak peak at His glory. She and her two daughters were in the theater in Aurora when the shooting took place.

You can go to her blog below and read how and why she says “absolutely, positively, unequivocally” still believes that God is merciful.

She’s had over 1500 comments on this post! So like we talked about a couple of weeks ago — when we respond to the hard stuff with authentic faith in God, PEOPLE NOTICE IT!

You can read her first post here.  Then take a minute to read her response to the comments, especially some that were critical of her, here.


“Follow Me”

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“Follow Me.”

A few years ago the Churchville Small Group went camping together. There was a good turnout, a lot of us made our way up to Spruce Lake Retreat Center for the weekend together. Every one had their tents or campers (Except one family and one other person. They shall remain nameless to prevent them from harassment and dishonor.). We did the campy kind of things you do – camp fires, smores (Bud Ciotti swears he makes the best in the world!), camp food, camp bathrooms, and the ever famous camp hike.

Now this was not just any hike. It was A HIKE. We went up this fairly good-sized big mountainous thing. (All you real hikers are smirking right now. I know you are.) When we got to the top it was worth it. It was an amazing view. The perfect Autumn day to be up there. Just gawk at our picture and be jealous.

The view from the top!

But about the hike. The leader of our hike charted the course for the rest of us. He chose the path. He set the pace. If he chose a skinny ledge to traverse as we made our way to the top, well that’s what the rest of us did. His job was to get us to the top. Our job was to follow.


Jesus called us to follow Him. We read about that this week in John 1:43. And just as it was with our hike we had to follow the leader. In this spiritual ‘hike’ that we are on, we are called to follow a leader. He sets the pace. Sometimes it seems like we can’t keep up. Other times it seems like things are going too slow. He charts the course. Up the hills, through the desert, in the cold, the heat – we follow.

Mark Bailey, the President of Dallas Seminary, has written a book called, “To Follow Him: The Seven Marks of a Disciple.”

In it he cites the following traits as true marks of a committed disciple.

1. Supreme and incomparable love for Jesus
2. Regular study and devotion to God’s Word
3. Renunciation of ourselves as the authority and focus of our lives
4. A life of submission and sacrifice to the cross
5. Allegiance to Christ’s compelling leadership
6. Recognition of the true ownership of our possessions
7. Refection of Christ’s love in our attitudes and actions toward others

That list constitutes a pretty steep path of spiritual growth. Do you think it’s complete? Too steep? Not steep enough? Weigh in and share your thoughts on the true marks of a following disciple.

The Fearless Hikers!

To purchase Dr. Bailey’s book, click here.

Who are you?

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Who?If I’m ever asked the question, “Who are you?” the answer is pretty straightforward. “I’m Tim.” There’s not much confusion about who I am or what I’m supposed to be about.

But that wasn’t the case for Jesus. The expectations for the long expected Messiah were great. The Roman government that ruled Israel at that time was harsh and only made the longing for the Messiah even deeper. It was in that desperation that many found their expectations out of sync with the reality of who Jesus was and how He would fulfill His various roles.

The Prophets taught that the Messiah would come from the line of David and establish a kingdom that would be independent and free. So the average Jew thought the Messiah would bring freedom from Rome.

They understood the Messiah to be a victorious military ruler that would vanquish all their enemies. So a Messiah riding a docile donkey instead of a military chariot was out of the question.

The righteousness promised by the Messiah was understood only in the context of dealing with the burden of the Roman taxes and the unjust nature of life at that time. They didn’t see a righteousness that was needed in human hearts.

They didn’t see the ministry of the Messiah as going further than the borders of their nation. He was to be a Jewish Messiah coming to the seed of Abraham. His intent was not toward the Gentiles.

Finally, I don’t think they viewed the Messiah as a personal Messiah that would bring peace to their hearts. It seems their context was more national than personal.

These wrong perceptions of the Messiah will show up in our study of John time and again. Understanding them adds insight to the conversations recorded in the book.

Machine wash warm: The Creator knows what the creation needs

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Whether it is stitched into the shirt on the side seam, on the back collar or printed on the inside, every shirt, every piece of clothing, has a tag that tells you how to best care for it, “Machine wash warm, tumble dry low, do not iron.” You know stuff like that. You’ve seen it before — even if you didn’t know what it meant!Care & maintenance tag

R. Kent Hughes has said ‘that the Creator knows what His creation needs’ thus the Creator God sends his only Son to the creation to meet our greatest need.

John 1:12 says that to those who believe in His name he gives them the right to be children of God. What does it mean for us to ‘believe in His name?” What about this — It means to stop believing in yourself.

I know that is contrary to all the ‘feel good’ thinking of our day. But what I mean is that we try to deal with our sin and the shame and guilt that comes with it on our own power and effort. We think the solution is found in what WE can do. The Creator has given us explicit instructions on how to fix our sin problem. If we were wearing a ‘god shirt’ with a tag on how to care for the shirt, it would read, “Do not strive. Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Remain in the Son.”

Jesus, Perfect Picture

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Verses 1-18 serve as the prologue to the book of John. It introduces the main character and an overview of some themes that we’ll find in our study. These few verses are the tip of the iceberg, while the remaining 21 chapters reveal what lies below the waterline.

This passage immediately challenges my finite mind with infinite truth! Things I can’t begin to understand or comprehend. Like Jesus was there at the beginning — not just that it all began when He spoke creation into being but that he was there before that!

Or how about the fact that the Creator comes and lives among the creation. And the creation didn’t know Him or receive Him! BUT as many as received Him he “gave them the right to become children of God.” They did win that distinction because they were born into it by blood (there’s a dig at being of Abraham’s seed) or through their will (there’s a dig at keeping the Law) but through their belief!

Verse 17 says the Law came through Moses but grace and truth were realized through Jesus. This grace and truth served as the iceberg to the burdensome Titanic of the Pharisee’s system of Law keeping. He came and dashed a hole in their religious system that sunk it — and as we read through the book, they knew it!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” — now connect that to the closing phrase of verse 18, “He has explained Him.” WOW. I’ve read this passage so many times and in this reading this phrase jumped off the page like I’d never read it before! Jesus explains the Father. As Colossians says “He is the image of the invisible God.” (1:15)

There’s a song that I came across a few years ago off the Worship Project P40.3: See, Fear, Trust CD called “Perfect Picture”. It has this phrase in it . . .

You came and became one of us
You give and forgive and promise us you’ll never leave
Perfect picture of the Invisible One, the mystery of God, seen in the Son
You’ve open my eyes, image of God you’re changing my live
Jesus, perfect picture.

It’s funny that I just recently began to listen to this disc again and this song is the one that stood out to me. He came and became one of us so He can be the perfect picture of the invisible God.

Want to know what God looks like? Look at the Son.

To buy the CD, click here “Worship Project P40.3

John 1:1-18: Observations


Some say that this passage is the most beautiful unfolding of who Christ is. It’s poetry. It rolls off the tongue so easily, comes to memory so quickly.

As you read these verses, what impacts you? What questions do you have? What do you learn about Jesus, his purpose and plan?

How many observations can you make about what the text says about “The Word?”

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