Imagine living the past three years of your life traveling with Jesus. You ate with Him every day, talked with Him, witnessed His countless miracles, and slept everywhere He slept. You heard many conversations He had with priests and Pharisees and saw Him silence their arguments. You experienced Him showing authority over demons and even the weather. You felt secure in His presence, and you knew that He loved you. You even began to grow in your own knowledge of God because of walking with Jesus every day. Now think about what it would be like if suddenly Jesus were taken away from you...how would you respond? I honestly don't know how I would respond because even though I am not in His physical presence, I rely on Him every day. I don't want to be away from Him. In these verses, Jesus warned His disciples that He would be taken from them and He warned them of their response. Please use the link and read Matthew 26:31-35.
In these verses, Jesus told His disciples that they were going to fall because of Him. He explained that this would fulfill the prophecy found in Zechariah 13:7 that said that when the shepherd was stricken, the sheep would scatter. Remember that Jesus referred to Himself as the "Good Shepherd." But when you read these verses, do feel that Jesus was telling them this to express judgement on them? Personally, I do not read that in these verses. I actually think that Jesus was telling them this ahead of time in order to encourage them in their darkest moment.
Notice that Jesus told them that after He rose He would go ahead of them into Galilee. Don't you think that is an encouraging statement? Think about what it meant to be a disciple. A disciple was always following in the footsteps of their rabbi. In fact, a disciple was to be following their rabbi so closely that they would be covered in the dust his feet created as he was walking. So with that thought, think about what Jesus was telling them when He said that He would go ahead of them. First, He was telling them His physical location of where He would be, but I also think it was a beautiful reminder that even when they fell away, they were still His disciples. It was as if Jesus understood that they had come to depend on Him and there was no way that they would function without His presence.
We all have moments when we fail. We all have moments when we are very disappointed in our reaction to our circumstances. But we can also remember that Jesus is ahead of us and we can continue to follow Him.
Do you remember that Jesus is ahead of you?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.