Even though Peter would become the Rock that Christ built His Church upon, he was fallen. He made mistakes and did what was against God often, yet he was a close friend of Jesus. During the Passover meal, Jesus tells His disciples that they will all fall away, but Peter is the first to emphatically answer that he will surely not fall away!
“Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
Peter even still says he would die with Christ before denying Him.
Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.”
That night exactly what Jesus said would happen did. Peter denies the Lord three times saying, “I do not know the man!” Peter has found himself in a pit of sin. THREE TIMES he had denied Jesus, and the third time the cry of the rooster brings him to realize the pit he is in.
What is the pit we find ourselves in? What is the sin that makes us feel like we are too far gone? What have we done to land ourselves in the bottom of this pit?
“Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.”
When Peter realizes, he “weeps bitterly.” His sin brought him sorrow and immediately he realizes the pit he is in. Our sin breaks God’s heart because like Peter we are friends of Jesus who have betrayed Him. We have fallen. Our sin should bring us to sorrow.
Have we come to the realization that we have denied our Lord and Friend? Does our sin bring us sorrow?
It should. It should because from there God pours out His grace. In our sorrow, we find His redemption. On the banks of the Sea of Tiberias, Peter finds the beautiful redemption of the King. Peter rejoices when he realizes he has a chance to redeem himself. If we realize the magnitude of our sins, then we will be overjoyed when we are redeemed.
Do we rejoice in our redemption?
“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”