In the eighth installment of the “The Seven Last Sayings of Christ” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Peter’s betrayal of Christ in Matthew chapter 26. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including how the truth of the resurrection spread around the world and lives were changed.

We Are All Witnesses to the Fact

Easter 2011

Matthew 26:33-35 – 33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. …

Matthew 26:74 – 74Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed.

Acts 2:32 – 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.

Fact #1: Peter was speaking in front of thousands just 50 days after the resurrection.
Fact #2: Peter preached in Jerusalem.
Fact #3: The Romans did not pursue the disciples for breaking a Roman seal.

Fact #4: Peter was one of more than 500 people who saw Jesus after the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:6 – After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

Fact #5: The truth of the resurrection spread around the world rapidly and lives were changed.

1 Peter 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,