Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly Luke 22:54-62
Today we find Peter denying that he knew Jesus. Lust an hour or so ago Peter was ready to take up a sword to keep Jesus from being arrested and now he will not even admit he knows Jesus. This passage from Luke shows why it is good that we have multiple accounts. Luke and John just feel it was enough to show that Peter denied Jesus. Mark and Matthew however add the fact that Peter not only denied he knew Jesus but did so vehemently. In fact both writers say he swore. That sounds like Peter. Peter was rash and made his living as a fisherman. He most likely knew a swear word or two. There was something else Peter was, he was afraid.
Peter had followed Jesus from the beginning. For three years they had been together. Just the past Sunday the crowds had cheered as Jesus and His disciple entered Jerusalem. Now four days later everything was coming apart. The man Peter believed to be the Messiah was arrested and being put on trial before the high priest. How could this be happening? Had he been wrong about Jesus? How could God allow His Messiah to be put on trial? Everything he believed looked like it was coming undone. Peter did what most of us would do. He tried to distance himself from the chaos. He tried to protect himself. And to do so he denied Jesus.
Then the cock crowed. Jesus looks at Peter and Peter breaks down. He has done what he swore not to do. He is ashamed. He weeps and runs to hide. Peter is defeated, but in a little over a month what a change is going to happen to Peter. Soon he will be preaching Jesus to the crowds in Jerusalem and he will go to his death proclaiming Jesus the Messiah, the Christ.
Have a blessed day,