In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice:
"Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?'That's "simple," not "easy." My Lord was quite clear about what we should expect if we follow the Son of God. (Matthew 10:38; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; John 13:15, 36)
"Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
"We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.' "
Like the song says:
"By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track...."Somewhat-related posts:
(Once to Every Man and Nation; Lyrics by James R. Lowell, in the Boston Courier, December 11, 1845. Music by Thomas J. Williams)