On Sunday we looked at the way that John 18 compares and contrasts the trials of Peter and Jesus. Indeed, at every point that Peter failed, Jesus succeeded. He really was the perfect, spotless lamb. We turned to Dr Lukes account to get an extra insight into Peters failure and denial of Jesus, this is what he records:
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.
Here we see the way Christ looks at Peter and the effect that has on him.
In Precious remedies against Satan’s devices, Brooks gives this very helpful comment:
Peter falls dreadfully—but rises by repentance sweetly; a look of love from Christ melts him into tears. He knew that repentance was the key to the kingdom of grace. As once his faith was so great that he leaped, as it were, into a sea of waters to come to Christ;so now his repentance was so great that he leaped, as it were, into a sea of tears,because he had denied Christ.
Do we know this sort of repentance?
Do we weep at the vileness of our sin?
But, do we also receive the sweet mercy and forgiveness of the Father?
I think Brooks gets it wrong when he holds onto church tradition and goes on to state:
Clement notes that Peter so repented, that all his life after, every night when
he heard the cock crow, he would fall upon his knees, and, weeping bitterly, would beg
pardon of his sin.
I’m sorry Mr Brooks, but I think Clement is wrong there. You see, I believe Psalm 103:
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
Praise God that Jesus on the night that Peter denied Him bought a forgiveness that means our sins are completely taken away.