We have jumped way forward in the story of Jesus and Peter. Jesus has taught Peter many things, and Peter has made progress. He also has made a number of mistakes along the way. This chapter tells about one of those mistakes. Peter believes he is totally loyal to Jesus and always will be. Although Peter means well, he is not as strong as he thinks.
We shouldn’t judge Peter too harshly, because he did take some amazing steps of faith along the way! However, even after spending three years in direct contact with Jesus, Peter is still making mistakes. Peter’s weakness can give us hope when we mess up. Sitting under Jesus’ teaching even over a period of years does not make any of us immune to mistakes.