We walked towards the Garden of Gethsemane, listening to Jesus teach as we walked. He stopped at one point, turned, and looked at us. We waited, sensing he was about to say something, but it was weighing on him. Then Jesus told us, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "' I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." That was a bit insulting, Peter, I thought. "Truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "this very night before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." "I'll never leave you," I said.
Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy. I'm omitting the teaching from John 14-17 for brevity's sake and to time it with Easter. I do encourage you to read it yourselves, I've often wanted to teach on it as it's Jesus' last words to his disciples.
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