Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 10:45am
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Mark 14:53-72


MARK 14:53-72


        The Bible teaches that there is no one perfect.   And I am confident that we would all agree that each of us has issues, weakness, faults and failures.  Now some may think that other people’s issues are bigger than our own, but none the less, we all would agree that we have flaws to deal with. 

        Now here is the thing, God is very interested in addressing our issues and correcting them. 

Because He loves us, He wants to fix us. 

Think of it this way, if we were a car, we would not be hitting on all cylinders.   And God wants us hitting on all cylinders, running at peak performance, maxing out our horse power.  He wants us to run the race to win.

        Now for some of you, all God needs to do is a little tweak.  You just need a little fine tuning, just a small adjustment.  Others of us, we need a complete over haul.  Our coils are not firing so we are missing pretty badly.  We are burning oil and there is a chance our engine is going to lock up.  And if God doesn’t step in we may blow the head gasket, suck the antifreeze into our engine and just blow the whole thing up. 

        When you look through scripture, you see that most if not all the men and women found in our Bible had to go through a major overhaul.  God had to break them down so that He could put them back together.  Because He loved them, He wanted to fix them. 



        Think with me about Abraham.  For 25 years, Abraham went to bed each night dreaming of the day when he would have the son God had promised.  Now God wasn’t being arbitrary and God wasn’t just being slow.  If God can create the world in six days, God can enable an older couple to conceive a child in a lot less than 25 years. 

        So what was God doing?  God was breaking down Abraham’s self reliance, transforming His heart, reshaping His life so that Abraham would be capable of trusting God and obeying His will.  God was fixing Abraham. 

        Because of the work God did over those 25 years, Abraham’s faith was up to the challenge when God called him to sacrifice Isaac. 



Think with me about Jacob, the grandson of Abraham.  Jacob was a self serving, me centered, momma’s boy.  He schemed and connived his way through life.  He stole the family blessing and conned his brother Esau out of his birthright. 

        He then fled to his uncle Laban where he grew wealthy and prospers through somewhat questionable business deals.  After 2 marriages, 2 concubines, 12 children, and the accumulation a sizeable fortune, Jacob decided it was time to go home. 

        On the way, he meets God.  There by the Brook Jabok, Jacob wrestles with God until God dislocates his hip.  Because of this encounter, Jacob was never the same.  Now Jacob was still far from perfect, but his encounter with God was a major step in the work God was doing to fix Jacob. Because God loved him, He brought Jacob to a breaking pointing where Jacob willingly opened his heart to God, allowing God to work in him to transform his life. 



Think with me about Joseph.  Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob.  Joseph was pampered and spoiled by an older father who couldn’t see what his indulgences were doing to the boy. Joseph dreamed one night his entire family, including his mom and dad, would someday bow down before him.  And Joseph couldn’t help himself.  He went around bragging to everyone who would listen how important and powerful he was going to be. 

        Well, his place in the family and his attitude toward the situation created open hostility with his brothers.  They sold him to Ishmaelite traders who sold him into slavery in Egypt.  Joseph spent years as Potiphar’s slave and then even more years in an Egyptian prison.

         Through those years, God wasn’t absent.  God was at work, breaking down the pride and self importance that had built up in Joseph’s heart.  God broke him down so God could put him back together.  God transformed him, reshaped him and made him useful for the kingdom.  God loved him so God had to fix him. 



We could look at Moses who spent 40 years in the Sinai desert raising a bunch of sheep and going through the process of being broken by God so that he could be rebuilt by God into a man of great meekness through whom God could lead the nation of Israel.  During those 40 years God wasn’t absent.  He was very much at work. 



We could look at David who was anointed king as a young teenager, but then spent years running from King Saul and hiding in the Philistine wilderness.  All those years God was at work in the life of David, breaking him down, so that God could build him back up into a great leader after God’s own heart.





We could look at the prophet Isaiah.  He was the cousin of the king, a man of status, rank and position. Until one day he saw God.  Read his own words.    

Isaiah 6:5   "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."


        Isaiah cries out, “Woe is me, my life is ruined.”  He was broken, totally humbled at the sight of God.  One minute Isaiah was standing proudly, the next minute he was on his face crying out for mercy.  God broke him down, so that God could build him back.  God loved him so God had to fix him.



        We could have looked at the life of any of these men, but I want us to look at the Apostle Peter.  Peter got it wrong most of the time, but he did it with such gusto.  Peter didn’t hold anything back.  He lived his life full speed ahead.  You never find Peter sitting on the sidelines.  With Peter, it was always game on. 

        God allowed Peter to be broken so that God could remake him and reshape him.  See, the key to being used by God is not knowledge or expertise.  It is not talent or popularity.


The key to being used by God is humility and meekness. 


Read with me from your Bibles:

Mark 14:27-31  And Jesus *said to them, "You will all fall away, because it is written, 'I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.'

28  "But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee."

29  But Peter said to Him, "Even though all may fall away, yet I will not."

30  And Jesus *said to him, "Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times."

31  But Peter kept saying insistently, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And they all were saying the same thing also.

        Peter was self assured, quick to act and even quicker to speak.  He had to be broken of his self assurance, his confidence, and his human pride. 


Mark 14:53-55  And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes. 
54 But Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. 
55 Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none.


Mark 14:66-72  66Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. 
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth." 
68 But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you are saying." And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. 
69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, "This is one of them." 
70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, "Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it." 
71 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know this Man of whom you speak!" 
72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept.


        The word for weep is EKLAIEN.  It tells us that Peter was totally broken.  He wept with great emotion.  He was devastated that he let the Lord down.  He had gotten caught up in his own human pride and God let him see just how weak he truly was.  God let him fail so that Peter would begin to learn that Peter could not rely upon himself.  The self assurance and the self confidence in Peter had to be stripped away.  God had to break Peter from relying on himself so that Peter would be willing to rely upon God. 


Following the Resurrection, Jesus met with Peter and other disciples one day by the Sea of Galilee.   The Lord had prepared a breakfast for them and invited them to eat.  You know Peter could not look at Jesus without thinking about denying him.  And you know Peter felt completely worthless and totally useless in the presence of our Savior.

        So three times Jesus asked Peter, do you love me?  Twice Jesus asked Peter if he loved him with the supreme type of love, agape type of love.  The final time, Jesus asked Peter if he loved him with the brotherly affectionate type of love.

        Jesus was trying to show Peter that Peter still had a long way to go.  He had not arrived yet.  There was great work to be done in transforming Peter into a man who would love the Lord with an agape type of love.  But that was O.K. because the work was in progress. 

        And the brokenness that Peter experienced was a major event in transforming Peter into the man who stood on the day of Pentecost, filled with power by God’s Holy Spirit and proclaimed the truths of the Gospel.  Three thousand men gave their lives to Christ that day. 


Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


          Because God loves us, He wants to fix us.  He wants to replace our pride and arrogance with humility and meekness.  He wants His followers to have a broken spirit and a contrite heart.  He loves you so much.  He wants the best for you.  He has a plan for you.  And so, He wants to fix you. 


Experience any failures in your life?  Just maybe, that was God at work, remaking you into the person more like what He wants you to be.