Reflect: After the author, John, tells us about what’s going on inside the room where Jesus is being interrogated, he jumps back to talk about Peter. Here Peter denies knowing Jesus a second and third time. Let’s look at this same account in another New Testament book, Luke 22:58-61, “After a while someone else looked at him and said, ‘You must be one of them!’ ‘No, man, I’m not!’ Peter retorted. About an hour later someone else insisted, ‘This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: ‘Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.’ And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.”
Most of us can relate with Peter. We all make mistakes (Romans 3:23). There is absolutely no one who has led a perfect life outside of Jesus. We have good intentions but when we are encapsulated with fear or following only our emotions, we do and say things that we regret. Mark 14:31, records that the evening when Jesus was arrested Peter had said, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Now, being overwhelmed with fear, Peter is denying three times that he even knew Jesus. Clearly, after Peter heard the rooster crow and made eye contact with Jesus, he was extremely sorrowful and repented as he wept over his choices.