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.’ -Mark 14:27
You will make mistakes. You will miss the mark. You will plan and dream and wish and hope. You will try to live righteously by your own power and in your own wisdom, and you will fail miserably. You will promise to never return to that sin again. You will abstain for a day, a month, a year and maybe even two, only to sometimes relapse and find yourself doing the same old thing you promised you would never do. You will claim that this year will be a different year and swear to accomplish all of your resolutions, only to find yourself throwing in the towel after month numero uno.
In this passage, Jesus tells the disciples this very message. When He called them, He gave them one assignment, “come, follow me”. As the time for Jesus’ arrest approached, He warned them that they would “desert” Him. When He was healing and preaching, and feeding thousands, they followed Him easily, but during one of His darkest and loneliest moments, they would neglect Him and run away for their lives. Jesus also warned one disciple, Peter, that he would “deny” Him when asked if he knew Jesus; (Matthew 26:34). Jesus should have felt hurt, frustrated, and disappointed in His followers, those He kept closest and devoted so much of His time and energy to. However, Jesus surprises us, and instead of responding with a justified animosity, He says something rather interesting…
But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” – Mark 14:28
Jesus responds by letting the disciples know that He has already planned their redemption. Jesus tells them that although they (will desert) deserted Him in His toughest moment, He was still planning on dying for their sins, still planning on shaming death by way of resurrection, and still planning on meeting up with them in His resurrected body to give them a proper goodbye. I believe Jesus wants to give you this same message today. He wants to let you know that you will sin and fall short of His glory, not once, not twice, but an uncountable number of times. You will break your promises to Him and feel miserable about it. Even still, He wants you to know that none of your errors are a surprise to Him. God knew about all of your sins before you ever committed them, and by way of Jesus’ Blood, a redemption plan was laid out for you.
So get out of that pit of shame, that pit of regret, and that pit of guilt, and step into the presence of God, our Redeemer, who loves us despite us, and is ready to cleanse us if we would just open our hearts and let Him. Jesus is our redemption. He has not only made a way, He is the Way. Live with that truth in mind and heart. Walk boldly and confidently, led by our Helper & Friend, the Holy Ghost. Stop trying to work FOR God, and learn to work FROM God because He is our strength (Philippians 4:13) When you fall, dust yourself off, get back up, find Him (He’s always right there), and keep pressing forward.
Peace and Love,