…But You Will Follow Afterward
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.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 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." (John 13:36-38 ESV)
We can see in the verses around this passage that Jesus is finding a variety of ways to communicate the same simple message to his disciples. Just prior, his message is something like this:
"A time is coming when I'll go somewhere you can't follow. You'll look for me, but you won't be able to find me. So love one another.
"You won't know where I am. So love one another.
"You won't see me or hear me like you used to. So love one another.
"That way, you--and everyone around you--will know that I'm still present among you."
There is a reoccurring theme in Scripture: That the greatest works of God are often performed in the midst of the deepest darkness. Is there any greater example of this than the Passion of Christ? So he reminds them that in the times of deepest darkness, when God's works are hard to see and his will is difficult to understand, we need to stand by one another. Ironically, he's saying this with the full knowledge that his closest friends are hours away from betraying, abandoning and denying him.- Full Article →