“Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away.” At that he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly.” – Matthew 26:73-75
What great shame Peter must have felt after the thrice-denial of Jesus. How, when he ran off into the night to weep, he could have said to himself, “No one needs to know about this incident; it will scandalize others.” And that would have been it. It could have died with Peter, but his weakest moment lives on with us because he himself gave testimony to the Christian community about it.
It sets an important and encouraging lesson for all of us.
We all deny Jesus in one way or another through our sin. What Peter teaches us, that if he in his denial could find peace and forgiveness through Jesus, God must be a good, loving and forgiving God. Let us turn to the Lord then, confess our wrong doing, and find ourselves embraced anew by God’s love.
In other words, Peter’s testimony of his greatest shame (his denial) became God’s greatest glory (Mercy).
May God bless you!