When Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested, the disciples fled.
The Holier than Tho Rollers FLED the scene.
They left their beloved, their leader and scattered in fear and bewilderment. Even Peter was afraid of being associated with Jesus. He disowned Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. The Lord had warned his disciples that this hour would come, yet they did not truly understand what was happening.
I am reminded of those times whenever I consider all of the alarming world events we hear about in the news these days: countries ganging up and going to war against one another and earthquakes happening everywhere.
Jesus described such incidents as the “beginning of birth pains” before the end of the age and the second coming of Christ (Matt. 24:3–8; Mark 13:3–8; Luke 21:7–11 NIV). He commanded his disciples not to be afraid when they heard about these things happening..
It is easy to be fearful when we don’t remember the promises of God. It is hard to believe that everything will turn out okay when the world seems like it’s falling to pieces.
That’s how it was for the disciples after they deserted Jesus. Their leader was gone. Destruction was imminent. Their future was bleak.
A few days later, however, Jesus returned and restored everything as He had promised.
The same message of hope applies to us today. Everything God tells us through the Scriptures will come to pass. There will be times when the happenings in this world scare and mystify us.
But even in the darkest hour, we can trust in God’s assurances of redemption and freedom on the other side.
“Don’t be afraid; just believe”…
(a portion of Luke 8:50)