v 75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
Good old Peter! He was the first to stand up for Jesus (Matthew 16:16) and the first to boast that he would never let Jesus down. (Matthew 26:33) But now, as the crunch comes, Peter is the first to publicly deny even knowing Jesus. You can well imagine the scene: the cock crows and the memory of all that proud boasting floods back into Peter’s mind – and he immediately breaks down in tears. Could there possibly be any way back for the man? This deep-rooted sorrow for his sin must have caused Peter huge grief. Surely, as he walked away from the scene he was overwhelmingly disappointed with himself, and his tears were tears of shame and regret.
Ever felt like that yourself? Have you ever been touched by your failure and sin at some point that it has brought tears to your eyes? It doesn’t matter whether it is some secret sin known only to God and yourself, or whether it is so public that your friends tut-tut over it. The fact is you know you have let God down and wonder whether your relationship with Jesus has been for ever wrecked.
Your mourning and grief, like Peter’s, has been genuine and tearful.
Then listen to what Jesus declares: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
And Peter was restored. He was able to re-affirm his love for Jesus over breakfast by the side of the lake (John 21:15) and that comfort remained with him for all time.