Peter’s Denial

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.

4 thoughts on “Peter’s Denial

  1. Lin

    It is good to know the Holy Spirit is with us as believers. He uses whatever means He desires to remind us of the Words of Christ (even if its only a rooster). “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26

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    1. Yes. I am thankful for that. But remember, Peter didn’t yet have the presence of the Spirit. That would come later. At this point, he must have felt truly abandoned, truly alone, and his remorse must have been overwhelming. I love how Jesus restores him later, at the seashore, with the question, “Lovest thou Me?”


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