Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Matthew 26:31 (NLT)
     31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Matthew 26:55-56 (NLT)
     55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Father it would be so easy to condemn the disciples for their lack of courage and commitment. And even though they had been warned of their impending danger and their desertion of Jesus, how could they have imagined such chaos and upheaval in the garden where they often prayed with Jesus.   

Father, in the echoing of their words I can hear my voice: “I will not betray you and I will not abandon you.” But, the brutal reality of my own frailty and vulnerability belie such lofty thoughts. Thankfully Father, your word reminds us: “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)

Thank you Father that in your grace and mercy you forgave them, restored them and commissioned them to a worldwide mission of sharing the gospel message, He is risen! And thank you Father for the wonderful legacy of Your faithfulness they have passed on to us. Failure is not final and Your faithfulness never fails.

In the strong name of Jesus our risen Lord, Amen.

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