Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72
There is something intimate and terrifying when I realize that a sin of mine cannot be hidden from God. You know what I am talking about. It is when you are honest with yourself about your sin of greed, worry, pornography, etc. and you realize (though no one else may know) God knows your sin. Peter “broke down and wept” when he realized how clearly Jesus knew his failure—even before Peter had failed. Take heart. Jesus had allowed himself to be arrested and to later be crucified to free Peter from that guilt. When we look at Jesus, may we see his love that takes our guilt and put it on his own back. Rejoice—Jesus does not see us in the depravity of our sin; he sees us to be holy. What a Savior! What a relief!