Mark 14:66-72 -Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below. One of the servant girls who worked for the high priest came by 67 and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, “You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth.[l]”
68 But Peter denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and he went out into the entryway. Just then, a rooster crowed.[m] 69 When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, “This man is definitely one of them!”
70 But Peter denied it again. A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said "you must be one of them, because you are a Galillean."
71 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed the second time. ?Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind. "before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me." And he broke down and wept.
Before Peter ever denied Jesus, he was told by Jesus at the last supper that he would do just that. Deny knowing Him 3 times.
Let's listen to Matthew 26:33-35b-Peter answered and said unto him, though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.
Having eaten his last supper with his disciples, Jesus is betrayed and arrested under false charges.
Peter follows along behind those who arrested Jesus from a distance.
Having made it to the courtyard where Jesus had been taken by those who arrested Him, Peter sits around a fire in the midst of the courtyard with the guards.
Having been identified as one who had followed Jesus, by a servant girl who also sat at the fire, Peter denied knowing Jesus with these words "Woman, I do not know Him"!
A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied.
About an hour later another man said, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean."
Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."
Have you taken ownership of Jesus among the crowd or has your rooster crowed too in your denial of knowing Jesus?