“I will go ahead of you” Mark 14:26-31

Mark 14:26-31 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 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 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today — yes, tonight — before the rooster 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.”
Marco 14:26-31 “Dopo che ebbero cantato l’inno, uscirono per andare al monte degli Ulivi. 27 Gesù disse loro: «Voi tutti sarete scandalizzati perché è scritto: “Io percuoterò il pastore e le pecore saranno disperse”.28 Ma dopo che sarò risuscitato vi precederò in Galilea». 29 Allora Pietro gli disse: «Quand’anche tutti fossero scandalizzati, io però non lo sarò!» 30 Gesù gli disse: «In verità ti dico che tu, oggi, in questa stessa notte, prima che il gallo abbia cantato due volte, mi rinnegherai tre volte». 31 Ma egli diceva più fermamente ancora: «Anche se dovessi morire con te, non ti rinnegherò». Lo stesso dicevano pure tutti gli altri.
     At the end of the Passover meal, Jesus heads toward the Mount of Olives. It is now late in the evening and He wants to spend time in prayer in light of His impending arrest, trial and crucifixion. In this last message before the arrest, Jesus doesn’t give the disciples an encouraging word for what’s ahead or thank them for their help and support. Rather, He foretells of their abandonment to Him after three years of discipleship training. By saying “You will all fall away”, He is telling them that they will be offended by His suffering and imminent death. To avoid it happening to them, they will scatter. Jesus further adds the prophetic words from Zechariah 13:7 “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will scatter” and prophesies that He will be with them again in Galilee.
     Peter’s reaction demonstrates his ability like many of us to hear only part of the message. Peter’s interest was solely on the first part (all fall away”) and that obscures his hearing of the second part (“I will go ahead of you”). Peter attempts to demonstrate his spiritual superiority to the others by saying that even if they fall away, he won’t. The response from Jesus was that before morning, Peter would disown Him three times and shows us that Peter’s abandonment would be even greater than the rest. Peter still doesn’t believe his ears and makes the ultimate testimony of His loyalty by saying, “even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” 
     We have all witnessed those who were once fervent in following Christ; but when the requirements of being a disciple became too difficult, they chose to walk away and disown Him. Although Peter and the rest of the disciples failed miserably and learned a hard lesson, Jesus restored them and walked with them again in Galilee.
Pray with me: Lord, I am guilty at times of being like Peter and only hearing part of Your message to me. Help me to not falter but determine to listen to all You are saying and encourage others to do the same.

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