My name is Simon Peter.
With my grieving heart as guide,
I slowly followed Jesus
and tried my best to hide.
Soon people crowded a courtyard
outside the high priest’s house,
burning a fire of wood to stay warm
as they talked among themselves.
As the men sat down together,
I decided to do the same;
and then a servant girl announced
that she thought she knew my name.
Learn how Peter betrayed Jesus in Luke 22:54–62.
“This man was with Jesus,” she said.
But I denied it to them all:
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.
You’re mistaken about what you saw.”
Later another saw me and said,
“You are certainly one of them!”
“Man, I am not,” I shouted.
I was angry and scared by then.
An hour had passed when another spoke,
saying that he had seen:
“This man walks close to Jesus
for he is a Galilean.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about—
this Jesus and your lies.”
Then I heard a rooster crow,
and Jesus looked me in the eyes.
I remembered what the Lord had said—
that I would deny him three times
that night before the rooster crowed.
I thought I’d lose my mind.
So I bolted from the courtyard
and wept as I ran outside
on the night I chose to forsake him
and to deny him, yes, three times.
THINK ABOUT IT: When have you betrayed Jesus or denied your faith?
—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.