Well, I suppose Jesus, the Maji, might have asked Peter to watch the grains of sand drop thru the neck of the hourglass or something, to relax and listen to his voice, as he soothingly whispered, "Peter, you will deny me three times, Peter, you will deny me three times, Peter, you will deny me three times," thus ensuring he be denied three times so as to align with prophecy. But the Holy Gist of that rendition would seem to be deprived from the readership, it would seem. We want to believe Peter was reduced to a quivering human like the rest of us. Does the Holy Gist withhold relevant information, so as to affirm our unworthyness?
If the sin can be despised and not the sinner, can the belief be ridiculed and not the believer?