MARCH 21, 2019
55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 26:55–56). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
A mob comes to arrest Jesus at night. Except for a single incident where a disciple cuts off the ear of a slave of the high priest, the disciples do little to defend Jesus. In fact, they run away. Did the disciples lose sight of the eternal or was it part of God’s plan? If they hadn’t run away they most likely would have been crucified with Jesus and we may not have had the rapid spread of Christianity we read about in Acts. I’m wondering if instead of focusing on whether the disciples panicked or not, we should instead look at what seems to be a part of God’s plan from the beginning. For Jesus, God’s plan was to surrender to the mob and crucifixion. For the disciples, it was to live for another day so that they could continue to spread the gospel of God’s grace through Christ Jesus—even if 2,000 years later, they would look like cowards. What if our constant prayer was, “What is God’s will for me in this moment?” What if the disciples prayed and God said “Run!”
Our Sovereign King, Redeemer and Sanctifier, as we surrender to Your divine will during this time of fasting, mold our hearts to be so in tune with Your heart that at any given moment we may clearly know whether to fight, or run, or to humbly submit—and to know that our choice is in perfect alignment with Your perfect will. Glory be to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, so it is now, and so it shall ever be; world without end. Amen.