"Where were the other eleven?", He asked me.

A few days ago as I was contemplating the amazing thought that some of His chosen (elect) could turn against Christ, I remembered that the disciple Peter denied Christ. I have seen and heard many teachings about Peter's failure but at that moment, God asked me: "Where were the other eleven?" Well, Judas was facing the consequences of his betrayal of Christ and I suppose the others were fulfilling the scripture that Jesus quoted to them:

Mark 14:27 Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.'

Suddenly it hit me what He was saying - Peter was the courageous one of the disciples as measured by the flesh. Some might mock him for wavering in faith but he was the only one who had the courage to step out of the boat to go to Christ. He was the only one trying to follow Christ to the cross in the strength of his flesh. But why is that important? Jesus said this:

Luke 22:32 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

The greater depth of Peter's failure in his own eyes and therefore of his restoration would make him more able to help the other disciples who also failed that test! All of the disciples received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit a few weeks later but it was Peter who gave the historic recorded message beginning the building of Christ's new born church. What does that mean for me? Even if I have the boldness and dedication of Peter which is far beyond that of most followers, I WILL fail Christ when I am moving in my own strength! It is the nature of even the strongest flesh. Praise God who alone gives us the divine life and strength to overcome all things!