Matthew 26: 69-75. “Now Peter sat without in the palace; and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the Man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them: for thy speech betrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the Man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shall deny Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”
There’s really not much to be said here. Poor Peter, frightened and alone, watching the hatred and ugliness poured all over Jesus, suddenly finds himself accused of being a follower of Christ. Deny, deny, deny. Even his accent worked against him. The people there knew he was from the same area of Galiliee from which Jesus came.
The most poignant moment here is when the rooster crows, and realization floods Peter’s mind and heart. Not only had he denied knowing Jesus, but he had cursed in great fear and anger.
And he went aside and wept bitterly.