Now they proceed to Gethsemane, where the Lord will begin to undergo His unspeakable sufferings.  Already grieved in spirit, He tells His disciples once more that they will be offended because of Him that very night.  It was through no ill will on the part of the eleven, but through the weakness of the flesh.  This must also occur because the Scriptures had foretold that when the great Shepherd was smitten, the sheep of the flock would be scattered abroad.  But in order to renew their faith, and leave them with a message of hope, Jesus tells them that this will not be the end.  He will be raised again from the dead, and He expects to meet with them at that time in Galilee.

But Peter was still enflamed with a mixture of both good and evil; we cannot but say that his love for Christ was commendable, but his confidence in the flesh is to be blamed.  Certain that nothing can quench the ardor of his love, and that he was willing to make any sacrifice for the Lord Jesus, he loudly proclaims that though all the rest of his brethren be offended, such would never be the case with him.  Unquestionably, Peter meant every word he said, for his love for Christ was perfectly genuine.  His error was in forgetting the weakness of the flesh, which sometimes overthrows our best spiritual resolutions.

Jesus permits him to proceed no further in his boasting, informing him that before the night ended his boasts would be turned into denials.  Peter, normally so submissive to his Lord, could not accept such a dire prophecy.  He professes himself willing to die for Christ rather than deny Him, and with this agreed his ten companions.  How the heart of Jesus must have broken, to know the earnest sincerity that moved these men, and yet also to know that within hours fleshly weakness would overcome them, and cause them to scatter, and in Peter’s case to deny Him, just as He had foretold.

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