Lord Is It I
For you and me the answer could have been yes. The apostle Paul knew that there was nothing good in his flesh. Every wise and mature Christian knows that truth about himself.
Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
It is only by the grace and mercy of God that you and I did not do what Peter did in betraying Jesus and what the other disciples did in abandoning Him.
Matthew 26:21: And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
All of Jesus* disciples knew that they were capable of denying Him with the possible exception of Peter. He may have learned it in the past and forgot about it. He learned it a few hours later in such a way that he would never forget it. I expect that they had all betrayed Jesus in less obvious ways than Peter did. And they all abandoned Him when He was on the way to die for their sins. One of them even fled naked in his haste. I think that his running away naked was something that he always remembered. I think it made him humble and extremely grateful for the forgiveness of God.
Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Mark 14:27: And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 50 And they all forsook him, and fled. 51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
We must know that in our flesh we are all capable of betraying Him too. Had we been there we would have fled too. Like the young man who fled, we are all naked before the Lord. We cannot hide or cover our sins from Him.
Hebrews 4:13: Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Our flesh is no better than that of the Apostles Peter, Paul or the young man who ran away naked. Knowing that should make us humble before God and grateful for His forgiveness. It is amazing that He wants to forgive any of us, but He does. I am thankful that He has forgiven me.
Romans 8:34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: