Matthew 26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you mean." 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied it with an oath: "I do not know the man." 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you." 74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
Just after the last Passover Jesus would eat with His disciples, He told them they would all deny knowing Him. Peter said he would never deny Jesus even if faced with death. Jesus told Peter he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. Our text begins hours later after Jesus was betrayed by Judas and brought before the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of the Jews. Three times Peter denied knowing Jesus with an oath. Immediately after Peter's third denial the rooster crowed. Peter went out and wept bitterly. Why the bitter weeping? He wasn't as strong as he had declared to Jesus. It is a sad day when we find out we aren't the person we thought we were. Peter also wept bitterly because he denied the One person he knew was the Christ, who would save His people from their sin. He wept bitterly because he had denied his friend.
What lesson can we learn from Peter's experience? We can learn to take Jesus at His Word even if it goes contrary to what we think we know. Jesus has told us that our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak and that we need to pray that we will not enter into temptation. Are we taking Jesus at His word? We are if we are continually praying that we would not enter into temptation. Jesus tells us through His Word that we are to live by faith in Him. Are we? If we are attempting to be and do what He tells us in His Word expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power, then we are living by faith in Jesus. If we are saying, "That's to hard. I can't be that way. I can't do that. I can't stop doing that", then we are not living by faith in Jesus and are not taking Jesus at His Word.
When what Jesus says contradicts what we know to be true then let's take Jesus at His word and change our thinking. As we by faith live according the Word of God we will live transformed lives. As we live according to the Word of God by faith in Jesus then we will live an abundant and eternal life. If we seek to trust in our own selves, then we will end up in bitter weeping. Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.