the third voice

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John 18:25-27

John 18:25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”

John 18:26 One of the high priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”

John 18:27 Peter denied it again. Immediately a rooster crowed.

the third voice

Peter heard three voices during this time of trial. Jesus was being tried, but so was Peter. He heard the questioning voice of the people around him. They wanted to know if their suspicions were right – that Peter is actually loyal to Jesus. Peter denies it until he can do it no longer. The second voice is the rooster’s crow. The lie is out.

Luke 22:62 And he went out and cried bitterly.

The third voice is Peter’s inner voice. All the time he was asking himself why he was denying his master. All the time he was in shock that his allegiance could be shattered so easily.

The mystery of the Christian hope is not based on our ability to trust him and hang on to our faith. It is based on the faithfulness of the one who keeps calling us back to himself, and telling us to feed his sheep.

Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. Give us a faithfulness to match.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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