Abandoned and Scattered

WS-devo_PMSThen Jesus said to them, “All of you will abandon me. Scripture says, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ “But after I am brought back to life, I will go to Galilee ahead of you.” Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else abandons you, I won’t.”

Jesus said to Peter, “I can guarantee this truth: Tonight, before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”

But Peter said very strongly, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never say that I don’t know you.” All the other disciples said the same thing. (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭27-31‬ GW)

Peter and the disciples left their work, their homes, and families to follow Jesus, the Messiah. They were committed.

They had no real sense of what lay ahead of them in the next few days. They couldn't imagine abandoning Jesus. But they would and they did.

We must be careful about making promises—vows—that we can't keep. Only because of God's mercy and grace are we able to follow and serve Him. ©Word-Strong_2015