Fellowship with Jesus

My notes from Revival Night #2 – 04/19/12 – Don Graham

Luke 22:31-34 =  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[d] 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.”33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesussaid, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22: 54-62 – “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. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.61 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.”

  • Step 1:
    • Come frankly to admit / see our own sin
    • Sin must be exposed
  • Step 2:
    • Peter ‘had’ Hoof & Mouth Disease = he was always putting his foot in his mouth
    • We can identify with Peter!!
    • We make shortcuts:
      • We make little of penance, repentance, etc
      • Quick to find a way to kill the pain of guilt
      • Story: “Oh God is there any mercy for a sinner like me?” cried out a man one time in his kitchen just after revival. He was a cruel husband. The wife called the preacher to come over. The Revivalist came in the room. The wife of the man said “let him be a while preacher, let the sinner stew.” This was the beginning of a historical revival.

1)   The cock crowing the third time:

  1. IMMEDIATELY after his 3rd denial it crowed
  2. Peter looked into the eyes of Jesus
  3. Jesus TURNED and looked at him, in the eye. Peter was in the shadows lurking.
  4. These led to the Sanctification of Peter

2)   The LOOK of Jesus had 4 Attributes:

  1. a.     The Look of Penetration

i.      He knows you SO WELL – as if someone who you are SO close with can read your thoughts and look straight through you

  1. b.     With Stunning Force

i.      Jesus knew!

ii.      Peter was so stunned with the reality that Jesus knew

iii.      His look was as if He was saying “You don’t know me?! Look in my eyes

and tell me you don’t know me?!”

iv.      In Revelation the message to the 7 churches (Revelation Chapter 2 & 3) “I

know your works”

v.      The Lord knows our works – all that there is of us

  1. c.     Call to Repentance

i.      Jesus says to all of us “I know your works”

ii.      NO matter how secretive, Jesus knows

iii.      His penetrative, searching eyes, looking into our heart

  1. d.    Look of Reproach

i.      The silence of Jesus. He never said a word to Peter.

ii.      Jesus was kind. So kind that He didn’t want to single Peter out. Jesus was

letting God work in Peter’s heart

iii.      Jesus didn’t want to bring further shame

iv.      In the silence, we see the anguish of both Peter and Jesus

v.      We all hurt and have been hurt. We hurt those we love most. We can remember their face when they feel the hurt. So magnificent would be the face of Jesus towards us.

vi.      BREAKING FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IS A BIG DEAL.

OUR SIN BREAKS OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.

ALL SIN BREAKS FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

WE BAPTIST MAKE TOO LITTLE OF THIS

vii.      DON’T GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

  1. You grieve someone you LOVE, you don’t grieve  when an enemy betrays/hurts you
  2. How many times have you fallen short? How many times have you made empty promises to others or to Him? How many times have you flippantly referred to God? How many times have you referred to God with irreverence? How many times have you referred to God with a lack of loyalty?
  3. You HURT the Lord with sin and irreverence
  4. You GRIEVE the Lord – cause Him pain
  5. Not being obedient, unfeeling – turning off, refusing to give money/time/etc, by refusing to serve, by refusing to forgive = all are ways of grieving God
  6. A Look of Tender Compassion

i.      Jesus could have spoken words and cast Peter off into Hell

ii.      Jesus had no intention of casting him off.

iii.      He wasn’t angry with Peter

iv.      The same love Peter ever saw in His eyes was still there

v.      Jesus had NO INTENTION of casting off Peter when he denied Him

vi.      It was a look of tender pity and restoring love

vii.      It was a look of compassion

viii.      THIS IS HOW HE LOOKS AT US

ix.      Mercy holds our Hope

x.      Peter became someone God could use, once he entered the midnight

of his soul and went through the journey of penance

xi.      Jesus’ eyes still hold the look of tender forgiving mercy to us

xii.      HE IS HOLDING HOPE OUT TO US – HIS EYES DO NOT CONDEMN,

BUT HOLD TENDER MERCY AND COMPASSION FOR US

  1. A Look that Brought Repentance

i.      The typical pulpit never mentions the word “repentance”

ii.      The average Baptist when telling someone about how to come to Jesus

says “Just repeat this Sinner’s Prayer” – BUT YOU CAN’T GET SAVED

WITHOUT REPENTANCE!

iii.      Peter ran out, fell and wept bitterly

iv.      If the average Baptist preacher saw Peter he would say “Oh don’t worry,

here say this prayer, no reason to be so upset, it is all ok now!”

v.      Lack of repentance is why we have churches so full of unconverted

Christians

vi.      Peter was a big ol’ grisly man – he was large, boisterous, Type A, not

prone to crying, BUT HE WEPT BITTERLY, FALLEN, MOURNFUL OVER

HIS BETRAYAL

vii.      The forgiveness of Christ was IMMEDIATE

  • Peter had a broken heart because he knew that he had hurt God, so he was sorrowful over SIN
  • Peter did not get depressed or feel sorry for himself or feel hopeless
  • God deals with each man ALONE
  • We all will stand ALONE at the Judgment Seat of Christ
  • Repentance is a lonely thing
  • You have HURT God PERSONALLY, thus your repentance needs to be personal
  • Don’t short change / short cut the process of repentance
  • Once you have repented, we don’t rush into the limelight telling others about all the bad things we have done, or the dark places we have been
  • We have to learn that it is a very PERSONAL thing
  • YOU HAVE TO BECOME BROKEN, TO COME APART, IN ORDER TO GET ALONE WITH GOD – OR YOU WILL COME APART IN LIFE
  • We like to see response – we like Immediate reactions – we are too much in a hurry
  • Repentance is a sensitive thing
  • We are never more alive/sensitive as when we are repenative
  • God seems to remind us of forgotten sins when we are repenting – when we are broken
  • We first repent over an issue, then God reminds you. Then He is loving and doesn’t overload us, but once we can bear it He gives us a little more to our memory. Things we didn’t previously regard as sin. He does this so we can be set free from the bondage of our sin. He wants to give us abundant life – it can’t be abundant if we are bound in slavery to sin!
  • And Peter remembered – he remembered all that he told Jesus “I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death” Jesus then told him “I tell you , Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
  • Peter remembered
  • Repentance is very intense
  • Sometimes you have to just stand there quietly when someone near you is repenative
  • If you haven’t cried over sin, maybe you don’t know how much you have hurt Jesus.
  • Peter NEVER again denied the Lord – that is because repentance is LASTING
  • We should SHUN any shallow profession of Jesus
  • Repentance is – you will NEVER be the same
  • 1 Peter 2:23-25 “When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins on His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls”
  • 1 Peter 4:14 “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”
  • One look – and he never denied Him again
  • One look and he was REDEEMED AND JUSTIFIED

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