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The Failure of Friends - The Faithfulness of Christ

Mark 14:27-31

When I hear inexperienced believers confidently assert they will follow Christ come what may, I have feelings of both pleasure and concern. They have experienced new life in Christ, forgiveness, release from guilt, joy untold. So it is natural to say, "I know where I have come from, and I'm not going back."

As a minister, that gives me a thrill. But it also fills me with apprehension because it is naive.

A picture comes to my mind of Dorothy and the Tin Man skipping down the yellow brick road happily singing, "I have decided to follow Jesus... no turning back, no turning back." Naive presumption that one can follow Christ by the simple assertion of the will invites a rude awakening. I am much more comfortable when I hear a new Christian say, "I know I can't do it alone, but by God's grace I'll live the life He's called me to."

Presumption has always been dangerous for anyone who follows Christ, for following him necessarily involves some hardship...

That is why Jesus invited Peter, James, and John to be with him while he prayed in Gethsemane. Not long before that night, James and John, "Sons of Thunder," had confidently answered Jesus that they had it in themselves to drink from the cup he would drink from (10:38-40). Then, with the Crucifixion only hours away, Peter had loudly proclaimed, "Even if all fall away, I will not" (14:29).

This kind of talk sets one up for a mighty downfall, doesn't it? Certainly, as the next couple of days would so tragically demonstrate.

What they saw that night in the garden would impact them for years to come... And prayerfully considered, it can teach us for years to come too...

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