Not Me, Lord
Father God, I thank You that You know me and understand me fully, and that You still love me, too.
Read Mark 14:27-31
 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’  But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today-yes, tonight-before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat surprising "prediction" did Jesus make here?
The conversation during the meal continued on the way to Gethsemane. Maybe some of the disciples had been looking for more clues about the impending danger. Should we have our swords? Will it be tonight? When Jesus told them that they would all run away (27), it incensed Peter. He hadn’t run away from anything before and he didn’t intend to now. Twice he insisted that he would be there no matter what (29,31): “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Growing up in Galilee, the infamous zealot stronghold, had steeled the disciples for this fight. I don’t doubt their courage, only their insight! They didn’t know that Jesus had no intention of fighting with their weapons. He was bringing a kingdom of love, not violence. He would meet the threat with love. No one would seize him; he would offer himself freely. His battle was still to come, and it would take love, not violence, to win it. Jesus had the courage, but he knew that the disciples were not equipped to fight this battle. Yet!
Is there someone in your life that you struggle with? Ask Jesus to help you love them and treat them kindly.
Lord Jesus, help me to fight my battles with the weapons of love and prayer. I know that’s the best way.
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