He stepped forward, knowing full well He was stepping forward to meet His physical death. Would I do the same? Could I?
This also demystifies the familiar saying, "the Lord works in mysterious ways." Sure it may be mysterious, but we do not have to be unaware of what is going on, being blindsided by events we could have been prepared for. We can know where we are headed and the portion of the path to get there can be revealed, if we love and seek the truth, asking the Lord to make our paths clear.
I have always identified with Peter's zeal and this morning God challenged me. Peter recognized truth and he followed it. And yes, he may have looked like a coward by denying his association with Christ, but he did not have the Holy Spirit within him yet. Peter completely changed once filled with the Spirit of God and he, too, stepped forward from there on to the purposes God had planned for him (see Acts 2:14).
Perhaps this is why Jesus was repeating the importance of the Holy Spirit coming to us (see John 14:16, 15:26, 16:13). Three times He speaks of the Advocate. Three times Peter denied. One time Peter receives the Holy Spirit and he was forever changed and was empowered to step forward as Jesus did into His calling.
Lord, I pray your Spirit be desired among us all, boldly empowering us to continually step forward.