But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:33-34
How many times have we heard a story about an incident and said, “Well, if it had been me, I would have. . .” We are so quick to know what we would do in situations we have never faced.
But the truth is none of us really knows what we would do until we are there doing it.
We might think we know, but the truth comes in the facing and the doing.
Peter made a bold statement. He was willing to forego his freedom and live in the deep, dark dungeons of prison, all for Christ’s sake. He was even willing to die! Did you catch that? He was willing to stop living on this earth, to totally give up his life, to DIE for Jesus!
Peter wasn’t lying. He meant what he said. He truly believed that he would do anything for Jesus. . . until it came time to actually go to prison or face death. Then he changed his tune completely. He wouldn’t even acknowledge that he knew Jesus.
While Peter didn’t really know what he would do in those hard places, Jesus did know. He told Peter exactly what he was going to do when faced with the reality of prison or death.
What a kindness Jesus paid to Peter. It’s as if he was saying, “Peter, I know your heart, that you sincerely want to give yourself on my behalf, but you won’t do it, Peter. Fear will get in the way and you’ll succumb to it. But it’s okay, Peter, I already know what you’ll do and I love you anyway. I’ve already prayed for you (verse 31) and I’ll help you forgive yourself when you deny me. I’ll give you compassion to help your brothers when they do the same. It’s all good, Peter. Really, it is.”
It’s so easy to speculate and boast about what we would do in any given situation, but we don’t really know what we will do until we are there.
But we can trust that the Lord knows. Whether we succeed or fail, He already knows.
He loves us anyway. He’ll use it all, even our failure.
It’s all good. Really, it is.
Have you ever had a time when how you thought you would act and how you actually acted didn’t jive?