Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. “All of you will desert me,” Jesus told them, “for God has declared through the prophets, ‘I will kill the Shepherd, and the sheep will scatter.’ But after I am raised to life again, I will go to Galilee and meet you there.”
Peter said to him, “I will never desert you no matter what the others do!”
“Peter,” Jesus said, “before the cock crows a second time tomorrow morning you will deny me three times.”
“No!” Peter exploded. “Not even if I have to die with you! I’ll never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.
This was the second time that evening that Jesus predicted that his disciples would desert him (see Luke 22:31-34; John 13:31-38 for the first prediction). And for a second time, all the disciples declared that they would die before deserting Jesus. A few hours later, however, they all would scatter.
Talk is cheap. It is easy to say we are devoted to Christ, but our claims are meaningful only when they are tested in the crucible of persecution. How strong is your faith? Is it strong enough to stand up under intense trial?
It’s easy to think that Satan temporarily gained the upper hand in this drama about Jesus’ death. But we see later that God was in control, even in the death of his Son. Satan gained no victory—everything occurred exactly as God had planned. It will be the same for you.