Matthew 26:69–75 (ESV)
Peter Denies Jesus
Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath:
“I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he
began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three
times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter denies Jesus three times. His failure teaches us that mere bravado cannot keep us from sinning. But Jesus
will restore Peter, even as He forgives us when we fall into sin.
I pray: Thank You, Lord, for Your constant forgiveness. Keep our hearts even when we
fail to mind our tongues. Amen.