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Now, Peter was no longer the same Peter that denied the Lord. Perhaps, since the denial, Peter had been under tremendous guilt for not being able to die with Him. However, at this juncture the Lord declared to Peter that he would surely die for Him: ‘“I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.’

All this while, Peter thought that he was ready to sacrifice his life for the Lord; but because of his overconfidence, not only did he fail to die for the Lord, he even ended up denying the Lord three times. After this incident, Peter came to realise he was weak and lost complete faith in himself. Yet this realisation was necessary for God’s will to be accomplished in his life - Peter was now truly ready to die for the Lord. His wish of becoming a martyr for the Lord had finally come true with no regrets.

In the past, the Lord could not entrust His sheep to Peter because of his confidence in the flesh. However, now, the Lord could fully entrust His sheep to Peter’s care because he was no longer the same person who trusted in himself, but had become one that truly put his trust in the Lord.