27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
It is strange that Jesus says, “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee,” and Peter is concerned that Jesus know the Big Fisherman will never give up. Peter’s brain should have been jolted by by Jesus rolling off, “Once I have risen from the dead…,” but Peter, like all of us, was fixated on himself. The original Rock boldly proclaimed, “These other lightweights may crumble, but I got your back, Lord.” Honesty and humility are critical to spiritual development. Peter could have said, “Lord, please pray that I will be able to stand the test,” but he was too dependent on the flesh. Things happened just as the Lord said they would.
I believe in evangelism and I believe in individuals making a personal commitment to Christ. Today, the weakness I see in evangelism is that we spoon-feed the Gospel with the subconscious thought that we just need to get them across that line and God will take care of the rest. Ultimately, God must be in the endeavor or it will certainly fail, but the problem is the “just get them across that line” element. This is salvation as fire insurance
The Book of Acts tells us that Paul preached the Gospel and that people were “persuaded” to join the believers (17:4). It is too lax for us to just share information and hope it sinks in to the person’s heart. We should be striving to convince people to devote their lives to Christ. But as we seek to win the lost, we must be clear about the cost of following Christ. We have not done this and we have a lot of churches that are a mile wide and about a quarter of an inch deep. Peter made a rash statement to Jesus. Peter’s mouth wrote a check his faith could not cash. The good news is that Peter learned and developed into the type of spiritual man who was willing to be martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ.