The Most Important Quality Of Leadership
Has Nothing To Do With Ability
Why did Peter deny Jesus? That’s a good question.
Everything we know about Peter, up to the point when he denied Jesus, indicates he was a stalwart.
Peter was loyal, thoughtful, determined, and faithful. Nothing about him said Flake and yet, he did deny Jesus.
If it could happen to him, could it happen to you and me? Are we better than Peter or should we pay careful attention so we can avoid the same tragic mistake?
Discovering Peter’s Fail Point
In my last post, I compared Peter to both the Pharisees and to Jesus and from the comparison, it became clear that he was different to both, kind of in a no man’s land.
We tend to think of Peter as being on Jesus’ side but if anything, he was more at odds with Jesus than with the Pharisees. Not a good place to be.
We learn a big lesson from that observation. Just because you think you oppose those who oppose Jesus, doesn’t mean you’re in the right. And your thoughts on the matter may be completely wrong.
Thoughts, Thinking, Ideas
Keep that in mind. Thoughts, thinking, and ideas are the focus in this post.
Peter thought he opposed the ideas of the Pharisees but was actually more like the Pharisees than Jesus.
He wasn’t on either side. He actually opposed both.
The question is why was he like this? How did Peter go so badly wrong? What was his fail point? Can we put a name to his sin?
He was clearly in the middle and that contributed to his failure, but we need to observe closely to determine exactly how and why he failed.
That is my intent in this post. Let’s start with Peter’s bio. [Read more…] about Why Did Peter Deny Jesus?