Mark 14:27-31: Foot in mouth.
“27 ‘You will all fall away,’ Jesus told them, ‘for it is written:
‘“I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.”
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’ 29 Peter declared, ‘Even if all fall away, I will not.’ 30 ‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘today – yes, tonight – before the cock crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.’ 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.” NIV UK
Note four things here:
- The death of Jesus was prophesied: ‘’for it is written’’ (27a). It was not a simple tragedy. It was not an accident. It was planned in heaven before time began; before earth was made;
- The death of Jesus was the work of God the Father: ‘’I will strike the shepherd’’ (27b) See Zechariah 13:7. (The scattering of the ‘’sheep’’ is referred to in John 16:32);
- The death of Jesus led to a glorious resurrection and a whole new life (28). In every time of trial a Christian can assert, ‘It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.’ The Via Dolorosa – the Calvary Road – leads to Easter Sunday morning;
- The death of Jesus cleanses all our faults as we trust in Him. Like the disciples, we are frail. We fall and fail in many ways. Tom Hale says that Peter had a big mouth but little faith. It is so easy to make great claims; to utter fine sounding words in the emotion of a moment. Some people open their mouths only to change feet. They suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ disease. Peter did at times. I’m grateful that the story of his fall is found in a section about the death and resurrection of Jesus. For here is our hope: in a loving, merciful, forgiving Saviour.
PRAYER: Lord, how much I need your on-going cleansing. Please wash me in your blood today.