Mark 14:66-72 Peter’s Denial, And True Witness Bearing.
Peter appears to have gone farther than any of the twelve to follow Jesus as he was taken away. However, a servant girl approached him claiming she saw him with Jesus, and this was the beginning of his threefold denial, and a rooster crowed (vv. 66-68 Cf. v. 30). She was in fact witness bearing – first one on one, then with others (vv. 69-70a), then others joined in the same testimony (v. 70b). With his third denial “he began to curse and swear” (v. 71). He had been convicted in the very fashion in which Jesus gave as a pattern for dealing with controversies, including a sinning believer (Mt. 18:15-20). “A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.’ And when he thought about it, he wept” (v. 72). Here even the creation itself bore witness, through a crow, just as Jesus had predicted. Peter could but weep at the confirmation of his firm and complete denial of his Lord. It so often happens that in the midst of such trying times, it may be hard to tell a Judas from a Peter, for we know that Esau also wept at the knowledge of his selling of his birthright (Gen. 27:38; Heb. 12:17). There is weeping of repentance, and weeping only of regret.