“Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” – Luke 22:60-62
Peter is one of my favourite characters in the Bible. He is passionate, headstrong and often speaks before “putting his brain in gear”. He is certainly not politically correct!
But his heart is in the right place and he had the courage, (even if it deserted him when the pressure came on him), to follow Jesus to the High Priests’ house.
So I love the passage in John 21 where Jesus reinstates Peter with the three instructions: “Feed my lambs”, “Take care of my sheep”, “Feed my sheep”. And, of course, it is Peter who bravely addresses the crowd at Pentecost in Acts 2.
What an encouragement for us as we fail to speak up for our faith, through fear, or embarrassment and regret it for days to come. Jesus forgave Peter and he got it right in the end.