“You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.
He replied, “I am not.” John 18:17
The servant girl who had just helped Peter get through the gate is asking this question. Chalk it up to not expecting the question or being caught off guard, but Peter lied. Blatantly.
At this point in the story we’re cheering Peter on because we ultimately know how the story ends, but we don’t want it to end that way. We’re pulling for Peter to get it right even though we’ve read the ending dozens of times. He’s got two shots to get it right!
The servant girl had obviously seen the parade of people march Jesus through the gates. It was an innocent question. Perhaps she was trying to put it all together in her own mind. Even if Peter had admitted it, the most she could have done was laugh, but that was not the case because Peter lied.
Fortunately we know the ending but it comes with pain and remorse. Lying and deceitfulness always does.
Thankfully, though, we have a forgiving Saviour.