Monday is for Heart Songs
Mark 14:26-31 (ESV)
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
“They all said the same.”
Every one of them overestimated their willingness to die for Him. Every one of them ran. Every one of them was scattered. Peter was public and vocal in his denial, but they all denied Him. Every one of them.
Three years He had invested in them. Dozens of miracles had been witnessed. Lazarus had been raised from the dead. The widow from Nain son was raised from the dead. The centurians servant had been raised from the dead. Three saw Him transfigured before them. They all said they would die for Him. Then the going got tough and they all disappeared except for John (maybe).
And Jesus knew they would. He knew it.
Which makes John 13:1 even more stunning. “… having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the very end.”
That is the God who went to the cross for you on this Good Friday one thousand eighty-two years ago.
He laid his life down for you.
He became the sacrificial lamb for you.
He became your substitute.
He bore the sin you committed.
He took the punishment you deserved.
Remember Him this Good Friday and go to a church that will lift up His sacrifice with greater clarity for you. In the blood and the cup, remember Him and live for Him and with Him forever.