I cannot imagine what it must have been like to hear those words. Put yourself in the setting and try to imagine yourself as one of the disciples - perhaps you would be thinking these thoughts as Jesus and Peter exchanged words:
What is going on? The mood was sweet - we had just sung a hymn. Why was Jesus saying that we would all fall away? I hear Peter speak about staying true to our Lord and I am in agreement with everything he says. I will never deny Jesus.How could any of them know what was coming? How could Peter know that Jesus would not allow him to use a sword when the enemy came? They were all ready to fight but did not understand the terms of engagement. And such is the state of many to this day.
Following God has never been about fleshly power. It has never been about fleshly weapons. Following God has always been about unseen power and weaponry. And those who don't understand this risk falling away. Yet, consider what the apostle tells us:
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.And maybe that is the message in our gospel passage today. We will always fail when we try to fight spiritual battles with our own power. But when we walk according to the Spirit, using spiritual weaponry, we will be found faithful when the rooster crows.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
Give me spiritual eyes to see Lord. Help me to walk in the Spirit.