Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.
Where is Jesus going? Returning to the Father!
The Teacher knows the cross is waiting. Then a resurrection and a glorious ascension back to heaven!
He wants to prepare His students for His coming departure. And He wants them to know heaven will also be their ultimate destination – you will follow later.
He knows this hope will be of inestimable comfort to them in the days ahead. That’s why He assures them of a future reunion with Him.
Peter’s response? Lord, why can't I follow you now?
Who can blame Peter? For nearly three years he and the other students have followed Jesus everywhere. It must have been inconceivable to Peter that the close bond would be broken.
Peter is a thinking man. The Teacher had been talking about dying. Maybe that’s why we can’t follow Him.
So Peter expresses a willingness to follow Jesus even in death - I will lay down my life for you.
Peter, it is a noble thought and your intentions are great! But the Teacher knows you will not die with Him now, rather you will deny Him three times first.
And that’s ok too. For when Jesus’ work on earth is done, Peter and the others will have more work to do. They will carry the message of Jesus to the world. And some will die for Him!
But for them and for every student of Jesus there will be a time to follow the Teacher beyond this life into the next. Later…
I am going there to prepare a place for you and….I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.