A typical Galilean—impulsive, fervent, quick-tempered, adventuresome—the phrase that best describes Peter. Qualities we don't think of as needed for one of Jesus' disciples. Peter also possessed some very admirable traits as well. He was insightful, thought deeply and possessed great loyalty.
It was Peter who first recognized Christ's deity. He didn't hesitate when asked who he thought Jesus was. He asked the Master about the forgiveness issues,inquiring “How many times?”
When he blurted out the words on his mind when he saw Jesus and Moses and Elijah on the mountaintop, he did as many of us would have done. He spoke out of emotion—without thinking.
When Jesus was arrested and stood trial, we can surmise Peter, as were all the others, was afraid. Might his denial of knowing Christ—of being one of His followers—stem from the fear and emotion he felt? Could he have thought that he would also die?