Still on our way to the garden with Jesus, we overhear a few more intimate words between him and his closest friends. In four short verses, Jesus offers clues as to how to stay alert and awake to his presence after his physical death and resurrection. Jesus will rise from the dead and be truly present to us in all things and at all times.
Peter, who simply did not know his own self, humanly holds up the mirror for us to see our own denials. Denial takes us out of reality and keeps us from knowing the presence of Christ before us. Yet it is Christ who tenderly and compassionately gives us the courage and supernatural power we need to move out our own places of denial and disassociation. He leads us into reality and truth and warmly welcomes us to meet him there.
Mark 14:27-31 (NLT)
On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
“No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, a phrase, or an image that stood out to you as you listened? Consider staying with it awhile and see if the Spirit has more to share with you.
Have you ever had an experience where you felt like you denied Jesus? Or have you ever felt you had to “scatter” from Jesus due to a difficult situation or truth? If so, have you ever talked with Him about it? Feel free to do so.
Consider the word “deserted” as you sit with Jesus. How is He “meeting you there” in that?
Where have you noticed Jesus going before you? How have you met him there?