Part 1 - The First Interruption
Dr. Michael Richardson
Today, let's look at how Jesus answered 4 interruptions and the wonderful lesson and followed each one.
The 1st Interruption:
A. We find this taking place in John 13:36
B. Jesus had informed his disciples that he would be leaving them in verse 33
C. Jesus then followed that with the wonderful “New Commandment” of love verses 34 and 35
D. But Peter had missed the point. All he heard was that Jesus was leaving them.
E. Peter was fixated on the statement that Jesus was leaving them
F. We must remember that Peter was not yet, Cephas “the stone”
G. When Jesus called Peter Cephas, he was speaking about what Peter was to become
H. Peter being the “natural leader” was always the one who spoke up first
I. Immature people often speak up first. The Japanese have a saying, “People who do not know talk-
People who know do not talk.”
J. Notice verse 37 of John 13. Peter wants to know why he cannot follow Jesus.
K. That is the voice of a child. “Why can’t I follow you?”
L. Peter spoke with confidence. He had yet to learn how weak he really was
M. We should not be critical of Peter. Like Peter we need to learn how weak we really are when it
comes to faith.
N. Allow me to tell you a small story about myself:
faith in Jesus three times
P. Jesus was teaching Peter-You may have denied me, but I have not denied you
Q. Jesus forgave Peter and I am thankful because he loves me; he also will forgive a character like me