On the arrest of Jesus all the disciples fled but Peter who
had pledged his loyalty to Jesus followed Jesus right into the Courtyard of the High Priest, but when challenged he denied any connection to Jesus, not once but three times.
How often by our actions, have we denied Jesus?
Mark's Gospel is by far the earliest of the Gospels, but it is preceded by the Apostle Paul's record of the Easter tradition in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. although written some ten years before Mark's Gospel in AD 54, it rehearses a creed crafted within two years of the death and resurrection of our Lord. The other Gospel's were written much later (Matthew AD 75, Luke AD 85, John AD 90- AD 100).
Paul does nt cover the mission of Jesus during his ministry, and Mark's Gospel ends before there is an account of a Resurrection appearance as it ends at Chapter 16 verse 8. Verses 9-20 were supplied by a later scribe, and are an amalgam of the other three Gospel records, which themselves were written later.
Whilst mark's Gospel as it stood before the added verses, did not provide a resurrection appearance of our Lord, it promised one - to the disciples and Peter; Mark 16:6-7, which we find fulfilled in 1 Corinthians 15:5, with the Risen Lord appearing first to Peter, then to the disciples. It is, as if Mark's Gospel is a prequel to Paul's account.
Jesus knew Peter's weaknesses and foretold his denial; Mark 14:30. Yet the gracious act of Jesus was to present himself to Peter, so encouraging Peter to support his brothers as they embarked on presenting the Gospel to a world in need of it, strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord also knows our weakness to sin, and the very act of Good Friday was the basis of his graciousness to us, the forgiveness of our sin, of our betryal of our Lord.