²⁹But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not.”
³⁰And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.”
³¹But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also.
⁵⁰And they all left Him and fled.
⁵¹A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. ⁵²But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
Just before the Lord Jesus was about to die, Peter made it clear to Him that He could count on him completely; he would defend Jesus if necessary at the risk of his own life.
Markus (or at least he is believed to have been the one) did not use such big words – he was probably asleep at home – but suspected something was about to happen, and came to take a look.
However, both fled, leaving Jesus all alone.
Recognizable, don’t you think?
Whether it’s easy for you to come out as a Christian, or whether you’re a more ‘silent’ one, we all have the experience of feeling: now it comes down to it… and then, we let it go; we run away.
It’s touching what happens next to Peter.
He cries like a child when he hears the rooster crowing.
And later at the sea he just doesn’t have it anymore: “You know that I love You”.
It must have been painful for Mark and Peter and the others to face Jesus again.
Apparently, following Jesus involves trial and error.
But again and again, even if it seems that you have gone on your face for good, you may receive forgiveness and new strength from Him.
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