36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
Personalize the meaning. Respond as God speaks to you through the Scriptures. Ask: How could my life be different today as I respond towhat I’m reading?
There is something comforting about seeing how slow the disciples were to understand Jesus’ teaching and how reluctant they were to own their brokenness. If Jesus could care for such as these, then there is hope for frail and faulty people such as we. Jesus is a patient teacher, and a most wonderful and merciful Savior. As in Peter’s life, Jesus not only foresees our betrayals; he also foresees our restoration. (1)
- What stood out?
- Why would Jesus have told Peter that he is going to deny him 3 times?
- What would you have done if Jesus told you this?
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
End in Prayer