The Denial of Christ by Peter

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Peter Denouncing Christ - by REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn - from Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 

John 18:15-18, 25-27

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was well known to the High Priest, so he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the High Priest's house, while Peter stayed outside by the gate. Then the other disciple went back out, spoke to the girl at the gate, and brought Peter inside. "Aren't you also one of the disciples of that Man?"

"No, I am not," answered Peter.

It was cold, so the servants and guards had a charcoal fire and were standing around it, warming themselves. So Peter went over and stood with them, warming himself.

Peter was still standing there keeping himself warm. So the others said to him, "Aren't you also one of the disciples of that Man?"

But Peter denied it. "No I am not," he said.

One of the High Priest's slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, spoke up. "Didn't I see you with Him in the garden?" he asked.

Again Peter said "No" - and at once a rooster crowed.

 

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Additional Information on Peter's Repentance at Tiberias
and His Eventual Death in Rome

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The Repentant Peter - by El GRECO - from the Phillips Collection, Washington

 

John 21:15-19

After they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these others do?"

"Yes, Lord," he answered, "You know that I love You."

Jesus said to him, "Take care of My lambs." A second time Jesus said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love Me?"

"Yes, Lord," he answered, "You know that I love You."

Jesus said to him, "Take care of My sheep." A third time Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love Me?"

Peter became sad because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" and he said to Him, "Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You!"

 

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The Crucifixion of Saint Peter - by CARAVAGGIO - from Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

 

Jesus said to him, "Take care of My sheep. I am telling you the truth; when you were young, you used to get ready and go anywhere you wanted to; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you up and take you where you don't want to go." (In saying this, Jesus was indicating the way in which Peter would die and bring glory to God.)

Then Jesus said to him, "Follow me!"