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John 13:36-38 ( posted 12-14-14 )

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Let's continue.

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

Jesus was obviously referring to going through with His dying on the cross.

This was not the time for Peter or any of His disciples.

Peter was later in his life crucified because of his faith in Jesus.

History records that Peter requested that he be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the way Jesus was crucified.

Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that there was a time all Jesus' disciples were willing to die with Jesus when they thought He was going to be stoned to death.

Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. “ John 11:16

Jesus' disciples really loved Him.

Notice it was Thomas, who later did not believe Jesus had risen from the dead, who said this to the other disciples, being willing to die right along with Jesus.

Interesting.

What Jesus told Peter in the verse of our study, came true.

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. “ Matthew 26:69-75

Peter never renounced his faith in Jesus...he was just trying to save his neck at the moment.

Peter repented of his denial of Jesus.

Matthew said;

And he went out, and wept bitterly. “

Always remember that God will always forgive a broken and repentant heart...anyone who admits to wrongdoing.

This finishes chapter 13 of the book of John.

I now want to talk to you on a personal level.

I have recently been going through a very rough time.

This past June 25th, my Mom died.

On October 26th, my wife died.

I feel like this is the end of me now.

This was my wife's and my ministry together.

Now that she is gone, I'm wondering if the Lord is through with using us.

When she got cancer and could not post daily Bible verses she asked me to continue doing so.

I do.

However, it is difficult for me to get motivated to do my Bible studies.

I feel like since she is gone, this is gone.

Like Paul had to tell Timothy;

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. “ 2 Timothy 1:6

so I likewise must stir up the gift that is within me.

It is right now, difficult for me to do.

I miss my wife incredibly much.

I ask the Lord everyday to either bring her back to me or take me to be with Him and her.

I've always wanted to meet Jesus in person anyway.

This now may be my chance.

Time will tell.

I would appreciate your prayers.

Always keep your faith in Jesus as literally being the only way to Heaven, just as He claimed.

Keep yourself more focused on Heaven and keep your conversation in Heaven and constantly do things to lay up treasures for yourselves in Heaven...not here on earth, just as Jesus said.

As Jesus clearly said;

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21

May the Lord Jesus bless you all.

Wayne Brown