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Which one of the disciples denied knowing Jesus?
January 22, 2012 11:52AM
Peter is most known for this from the account of his tailing after Christ following His arrest. Someone recognized him along the way... and when queried, he grew fearful for his life, in terror denied knowing Him, and disappeared into the night.
In reality, however... all the rest of Jesus' disciples felt Peter's delayed fear and dread of the Jews and disappeared, immediately. All their hopes and dreams of ruling in the Kingdom that Jesus was supposed to establish... and which He promised them [Matt.19:27-28]... had vanished in a moment.
It's just that they didn't hang around long enough for anyone to recognize or inquire of them regarding their association with Jesus.
Their actions were nonetheless a denial of knowing Jesus -- and was a quite human reaction of fear and terror to the events that transpired.
None of them had yet received the Holy Spirit that was to come at Pentecost, which would give them the heart of God, embolden them, and cast out their fear of men.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of Power, and of Love, and of a Sound Mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the Power of God..." (II Tim.1:7-8).
But, in the initial heat of that earlier "unconverted" moment... long before Pentecost, when he would stand up, boldly, and preach Jesus and His salvation to those who murdered Him [Acts 2:36]... it was Peter who uttered his denial of Him, verbally.
"Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man... Peter remembered the Words of Jesus... And he went out, and wept bitterly." (Matt.26:74-75)