Read today's scripture here: John 18:25-27
I don't want to lay the gavel down on Peter though, I want to reflect on what Jesus said about Peter before all this took place.
When Jesus met Peter, if you recall, he renamed him from Simon to Peter. God does this throughout scripture when someone has insecurities about who they are in Christ. He calls them what they will be, not who they've been. With Peter, God told him he would be the "ROCK" in which he would build his church. Now all the way through Peters walk with Christ, you hear Peter say, "I will follow you anywhere Jesus", "I will die for you Jesus", and up until now he doesn't leave Christ's side. However, push back comes, and Jesus is not with Peter now, and his insecurities kick in and he immediately starts reverting back to his unstable ways as Simon.
What I find interesting is that in this passage, Peter is called out by the relative of the man who's ear he cut off defending Jesus. Peter, who at that moment and time, told Jesus he would defend him till death. Jesus rebukes him and tells him to put away his sword. It was a very heroic moment and now you see when questioned, he can't bring himself to be Peter. He wants to revert back to Simon.
It's interesting that sometimes Peter is called Peter, and sometimes Simon Peter. I wonder if it's because he's playing the fence. Have you ever done that? Have you ever been the one that knows your love for Christ, but can't seem to pull yourself out of the world, or your past? Has Christ given you a new name?
For Peter, he had to accept his Christ identity in order to carry out what God had for him. Right now, he's not.