“And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him. 47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. 50 And they all forsook him, and fled” (Mark 14:44-50).
Any Christian with a keen affinity for Word has considerable schema surrounding principles of the Bible. It is also true for the avid reader and student of the Word that a single biblical text grows in the knowledge it exudes over time. It’s not that the Word of God changes, it is the child of God who grows in his/her ability to grapple with deeper levels of the infinite mind of God (Ephesians 4:15).
While listening to the Word of God on CD, traveling to work, an epiphany was actualized within me, concerning the Mark 14 narrative. I have read, preached, and taught elements of Mark 14 several times, but on that particular day, a solid contextual jolt was evinced with tremendous clarity within me. It was simply one phrase that struck a reverberating cord in my soul as I drove in the car. It may have even been one of those moments where I had to stop and jot down a quick note of reflection. It read, “And they all forsook him, and fled.” Wow, Jesus mentored, fed, trained, healed, and dedicated His life to the development and liberation of 12 men, but in His darkest and most tempestuous moments of life, one disciple emphatically betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver, while the remaining eleven Disciples forsook Him, running to perceived safety.
Here is the epiphany – If the perfect Son of God was forsaken by the earthly essence of humanity, imperfect men and women will surely be forsaken by even the closest of individuals. I realize now that our expectations for humans are often too high; thus you should not be as shocked, surprised, broken, and devastated when another human, betrays, forsakes, disrespects, or uses you. It first happened to Christ and He was guiltless. The Words and paradigm of Christ is that much more profound: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Thank God for forgiveness, Grace, and Mercy.
I do not ever want to be mistreated, but when it happens again, it will be my responsibility to remember the experience of Christ and let Him handle the outcome. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh” (Matthew 18:7)! Remember the beauty of God’s grace. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!