Exodus 29:1-30:10; Matthew 26:14-46; Psalm 31: 19-24; Proverbs 8:14-26
Passover had been celebrated. Jesus led his disciples to his favorite place of prayer–The Garden of Gethsemene. On the way, Jesus mentioned that his disciples would all dessert him that night. He spoke the Scripture to them, “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”
Peter must not have counted himself as a member of that flock because he boldly declared, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.
A brave sheep–I don’t think so! It’s not natural, not a part of the animal’s makeup to defend itself from predators other than to try to outrun them.
Jesus knew the human nature of his disciples–he was only telling them the truth.
Peter, dear sheep, declared a second time, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”
Jesus heard Peter and inwardly, I can imagine he longed to reach out to Peter and assure him that everything would be OK–in time…just wait and see.
Lord, no matter how strong a faith we may think we have, we easily become afraid and feel like running away. But, You remain our loyal Shepherd–You guard our faith and gently lead us back to You. When we are weak, You are strong. We praise You that You are the same yesterday and today and forever–and that You still love us sheep. Baaa…Amen!