the prediction and the denial
Journeying to Jerusalem for Passover before he died, Jesus gathered his disciples for a final meal. Before the meal, beginning with Peter, he washed their feet as if he were their servant.
At table, he reminded them of his friendship for them, and gave them bread and wine as his body and blood. Then he predicted they would all desert him in his time of trial.
Peter protested: "Even if everyone betrays you, I will not."
"This night," Jesus said, "before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
Later that evening, Jesus took Peter, James and John with him into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Yet, while he prayed and was seized by fear, they slept.
Suddenly, they were awakened by a noisy crowd of soldiers who arrested Jesus and dragged him away for trial before the Jewish leaders and Roman authorities.
Peter followed them into the courtyard of the High Priest. Some servants had gathered in one corner of the courtyard around a fire to keep warm in the cold night, and Peter came over to the fire, too.
"Aren't you one of his disciples?" a servant asked him.
"No," Peter replied.
"Are you sure you are not? You speak like a Galilean."
"No, I am not," Peter answered loudly. Then he began to curse and swear that he never knew Jesus.
A rooster suddenly crowed, and Peter remembered Jesus' prediction: three times he would deny him. And Peter went out and wept bitterly.
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