June 3, 2018 | Matthew 26.14-16 & 26.69-75 • “The Forgiving God” Pastor Moses Okonji

Matthew 26.14-16 (NIV)

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. 

Matthew 26.69-75 (NIV)

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.


Pastor Moses Okonji, our friend and the director of the Inspiration Centre, was born and raised in Mathare in a family of two, headed by a single mother. He holds a master’s degree in Urban leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Washington. He has more than ten years experience working with youths and teenagers in the slums of Nairobi. Currently Moses pastors at Inspiration Centre and is happily married to Celmali Jaime. He also works as a Business Associate with Centre for Transforming Mission Kenya.