John 13:37

37 "Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!"

John 13:37 Meaning and Commentary

John 13:37

Peter said unto him
Not understanding Christ's answer, and being dissatisfied with it, inquires:

Lord, why cannot I follow thee now?
is the place inaccessible? are the difficulties in the way to it insuperable? the roughness of the road, or the dangers of it, will not discourage me; I am ready to go through the greatest dangers and difficulties, to follow thee: yea,

I will lay down my life for thy sake;
whatever enemies I should meet with in, following thee, would not dismay me; I would readily hazard my life, and cheerfully lay it down in defence of thee.

John 13:37 In-Context

35 This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples - when they see the love you have for each other."
36 Simon Peter asked, "Master, just where are you going?" Jesus answered, "You can't now follow me where I'm going. You will follow later."
37 "Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!"
38 "Really? You'll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you'll deny me three times."
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