Today we are reading from Mark 14: 43-52:
43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47 But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48 Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
I said a day or so ago, we should never say what our kids would do, because the moment we say, “my kids will never” at that point our kids will probably do that just that. When we read scripture, it is so tempting to see ourselves as David, slaying Goliath, or Gideon leading the armies. Paul preaching before the authorities. It is so easy to style ourselves as the hero.
We need to remember who the hero is in this story. Jesus. Jesus is the hero.
In David, we would be the helpless Israelites, Jesus is David.
In Gideon, we’d be the ones saved by his leadership.
Jesus is the hero. He is the one that does the saving. We are the ones in need of saving. In this passage, the disciples, the run, they abandon, they all leave. All of them leave. The young man mentioned here, the tradition tells us it is Mark, the author of this Gospel. Everyone leaves Him, alone.
Judas betrays, yes. But they all run. They all abandon Him. They all fail, as we each do each day. That is why He came. For their failures, and for our failures.
Yes, we are the Israelites, and He is David. He saves us.
He is a hero. He saves us.
We fail, as they did in this moment. And He saves us. Thank God Jesus is the Hero that we need, the hero who saves us.
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