Jun. 10. Peter Denies Christ

Mt. 26:69-75; Mk. 14:66-72; Lk. 22:54-62; Jn. 18:15-18, 25-27

While Jesus was being tried before the Jews, Peter was having his own problems. He, being the impetuous person that he was could not leave completely, but followed at a distance and came to the courtyard of the high priest.

John also came along and since the high priest and his household knew him, he asked permission for Peter to go inside with them. As Peter sat by the fire warming himself, the girl who had let him in asked him if he were one of the disciples.

Peter replied, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.”

As Peter went out on the porch, a rooster crowed. After he was accused a second time of being one of them, he denied it again.

About an hour later, those who stood by said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”

Peter began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”

The rooster crowed again and the Lord turned and looked at Peter. He remembered that Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”

Peter then went out and wept bitterly. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” I Corinthians 10:12