14:66-72 66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the
servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming
himself, she looked closely at him.
were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said,
and went out into the entryway.
the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This
fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.
little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them,
for you are a Galilean.”
began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re
the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had
spoken to him: “Before
the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down
This passage starts out at Annas’
house. He’s the high priest. His house would have had a large courtyard and it
would have been gated. We know John got through the gate because he knew
someone; possibly the gatekeeper. But Peter only made it as far as the
This is a sad story of a man who
denies Jesus. But it’s also a story about how God knew it would happen. Jesus
prophesized about it before hand. And later we’ll see that He restores Peter.
For three years Peter had been
taking steps of faith forward and it seems just as many steps backward. When he
stepped out of the boat that time when Jesus was walking on water, it was a
huge step of faith. But then he took his eyes off Christ and began to sink.
Another time when Jesus was telling the disciples what was going to happen in
Jerusalem Peter said basically “this must never happen!” And Jesus rebuked him
saying “Get behind me, Satan!” He did many impulsive things. But his denying he
even knew Jesus was his lowest point.
But Jesus has a plan for losers.
His grace is profound. His grace is amazing! Christ will meet us at any
point of our life. Do not resist His grace. Receive it through repentance.
During Peter’s first and second
denials he started to back away from the courtyard to the porch (or gate area)
and the girl who was accusing him kind of went after him. The third accusation
happened about an hour later at the home of Caiaphas. This is verse 70 where
the people standing near Peter said, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a
A Galilean’s speech might sound a
little different. They might dress a little different. And they knew Jesus was
This time Peter actually cursed
in a panic of self preservation.
And in verse 72 the rooster
crowed. The sound pierces Peter’s heart and wakes him up to what is happening.
He remembers himself saying to Jesus that “no matter if everyone leaves You – I
won’t!” And six hours later he had denied Jesus three times. And Jesus had told
him he would!
The rooster’s crow was a warning.
Our warning could be financial ruin,
a lost job, some kind of trial. Something that should stop us in our tracks and get us to stop doing something
we’re doing. When it happens the right thing to do is recognize what you’ve
done, repent and get your eyes back on Christ.
When Peter realized what he’d done
he began to weep. We see his repentance here. He knew everything Jesus had ever
done for him and he saw at this moment what he had just done to Jesus.
We do things to Jesus too. We
deny Him. And when we do the Holy Spirit produces sorrow in us.
Luke 22:61 says when the cock
crowed Jesus turned and looked at Peter. In spite of all of the stuff that was
happening to Jesus (and He wouldn’t have been able to hear Peter’s words – He
wasn’t close enough) – Jesus knew. He
knows everything. And can you imagine the look Jesus gave him? It wouldn’t have
been a look of “I told you so.” Or a look of anger or condemnation. It was a
look of kindness and love. Of grace. The look that says I know everything about
you and I love you. I’m willing to restore you.
Jesus forgives! Jesus pursues us!
God doesn’t bring us to Himself through fear or warnings of judgment. God
brings us to Himself by His great love!
2 Timothy 2:13 says that if we
are faithless He is faithful. Our salvation isn’t based on our works or getting
it all right. HE is faithful. At one point Jesus had told Peter that Satan had
asked to sift Peter and Jesus wouldn’t let him. Peter was His! And Jesus will
not lose one of His own!
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