Things just got real. The only time Jesus could have asked this question was right then. Any other time it would have been easy to say “no way are we leaving this party”, but this moment was different. Jesus starts talking like a cannibalistic mad man. Disciples were defecting daily and everything appeared to be going in the wrong direction.
Notice, Peter doesn’t even give a straight answer. Instead of saying, “No, we won’t leave you.” He says, “What other option is there?” This implies that there are times when even the called look for the back door.
I think Jesus knew Peter and the others would ultimately stick with it. However, I’m not sure Peter himself knew he would until it actually came out of his mouth. This is a moment of clarity for a man who has a talent for self-deception. I can relate.
What about now, Chris? What about times when everything can drastically change in a day? What about when you must face your own weakness and ignorance in the presence of a calling that is bigger than you? Now that God just seems to say and do strange things and disciples may defect, will you still follow me?
I can’t find the back door.