“Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly I say to you, the roster shall not crow til you have denied me three times.”
I believe the most telling and insightful revelation of this encounter with Jesus and Peter comes from the two scriptures before. Where Peter asks Jesus where He is going and Jesus respons by answering where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you can follow Me after.
In so many ways our flesh is like Peter in this encounter. Our flesh tells us that we will miss out and in turn our flesh speaks without the leading of the Spirit, our flesh speaks out of our own strength rather than relying on the Father to equip us to fulfill the works He has predestined us to. But then again, our flesh is more than willing and eager to walk out works that were never ordained by the Father. When you operate by flesh you see the world differently, you have the expectation of the natural with no revelation of the spiritual. Your mind is not geared towards the Fathers kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in Heaven. Your mind is locked into the things of the natural because you are being governed by the flesh. The flesh cannot operate nor inherit the Kingdom.
Before Peter speaks out of flesh, Jesus has already told him, you SHALL follow me afterward. When we learn to rely on the timing of the Father, we are not dictated by the circumstances that surround us, for they hold no place of influence. If Peter would have just held to the truth that Jesus spoke, flesh would not have entered. But, Far too often their is a lack of trust toward the Father and the victories Christ has gained on our behalf. I find it interesting that if you recount the gospels, Jesus will either answer Peter according to his flesh which has spoken, explaining that he cannot accomplish what he has set out to do, or Jesus answer his spirit pointing out that it was a conclusion that he could not have come to on his own but received it by revelation from the Father.
What wonderful answers we gain from this encounter. How comforting it is to know we already have a seat at the table. Not obtained by flesh but by crowning Christ as king and allowing Him to reign and rule our life with obsolete power.