Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! John 13:36-38
Early in Jesus’ ministry, Peter was great at making bold yet inaccurate pronouncements. Of course he didn’t have all the facts; Jesus did.
Many of us get flustered in the “heat of the moment,” thereby forgetting completely past promises.
Based on Jesus’ specific words about deserting him and denying him three times, if I were Peter I would be in the midst of some soul searching. Think about it like this, if Jesus were to merely say “no you won’t” when Peter proclaimed that he would lay down his life for Jesus, it’s one thing. But the fact that he told him how many times and when would awaken my senses completely. I mean, how would he know? How could He possibly know??
Jesus Christ, as God the Son, was omniscient, meaning he knows everything. How would that omniscience benefit us? Well, there are some very things Jesus tells us in Scripture to do and not to do. We would be very wise indeed to pay attention because if the Son of God knows everything, then he would also know the results of doing or not doing what he’s commanded. It’s simple “cause and effect.” He knows the pitfalls and the rewards of all our actions.