If the Friends All Flee

If the Friends All Flee

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:1-56

Within a minute’s time, Peter (Luke 22:50) went from cutting off Malchus’ ear to fleeing when the soldiers hauled Jesus away. The Book of Luke recounts Jesus actually healing the man before the disciples fled.

The disciples were clearly confused and afraid. Even though Jesus foretold everything, they still lacked the courage to follow through on what they knew they should do. What should they have done? First, not flee. After that, they should have followed the soldiers to where they would hold him.

But none of that really is important because it wasn’t what they actually did.

Recall yesterday I mentioned that Jesus experienced everything we have yet was without sin? Loneliness. Feeling like everyone has deserted you. They had! Talk about being alone in the world! The ultimate, however, would be in a few hours when he would feel abandoned by the Father.

Jesus can relate to our times of loneliness and abandonment. His closest friends deserted him in His hour of need. If you are feeling that way right now, know that the Holy Spirit is your comfort. He will help ease your load and bear your burdens.

Rest in the assurance that, you’re truly in good hands and He won’t let you fall.

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