Then everyone deserted him and fled. – Mark14:50
Jesus had just come from the most intense time of prayer to date in the Garden of Gethsemane. He took a break from praying and returned to Peter, James, and John. My guess is hat Jesus was hoping to find them praying with the same intensity as Jesus. Instead of finding three friends engaged in an intense spiritual battle, he found them sleeping. That had to be a kick in the gut.
Jesus is soon surrounded by guards. They come and arrest him. The disciples leave. Everyone of them. Jesus was without human companionship at a most crucial time. Another kick.
Sometimes I wonder if Jesus can really identify with some of my struggles. Among other things, I wonder of he can really understand what it is to feel alone and abandoned. I don’t feel much a sense of being totally alone. I have in the past. In those times, can he really identify with what I am feeling? He can.
Maybe it is in the pressures of life that I can be the closest to Christ. in suffering, I meet the one who suffered.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)
You understand our temptations as well as the feeling of being alone.
Jesus, somehow just knowing that you experienced some of the same challenges that I face gives me hops. Thank you for intentionally walking into those times so that you might understand the human experience.
[tags]Mark 14, devotions, Bible, solitude, abandoned, alone, Jesus, Life Journaling[/tags]