Friday March 11- Jesus Doesn’t Run
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.
A side note. The young man who invented streaking? Probably Mark himself. Had to get in his own book somehow.
“Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.”
Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. And sometimes it seems there is no one there. And you are left with only Jesus.
Has this ever happened to you? Everyone deserts you? Or at least it seems that way?
A messy divorce. You get let go from work. You aren’t talking to you parents. You became a persona non grata, as they say in diplomacy, an unwelcome person?
If it hasn’t happened, you might want to add, “yet.”
Because, people are people.
Wonderful, caring, thoughtful.
Vindictive, rage-aholic, narcissists.
We are a mixed bag. This is why we learn what Jesus is learning at the garden arrest.
Sometimes, it’s only Jesus. And that’s enough. He is all you need, ultimately. I think of these lines from Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress.
“Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child or spouse, though life be wrenched away, they cannot win the day, the Kingdom’s ours forever!”
And that’s it isn’t it? If everything is crumbling around us, we are not alone. We are the sons and daughters of God. He is the King of the Universe. His Kingdom lasts forever.
Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. Wise people know you are never alone. Jesus doesn’t run.
Today, no matter what is happening around you. The good, the bad, the everyday neutral, keep your eyes on Jesus.