Don’t Give Up. Jesus Didn’t!
Posted by Melissa
WHEN HAVE YOU WANTED TO GIVE IN? When was the last time it seemed easier to give in rather than stand firm? In class? With a friend? While you were surfing the Internet or flipping through the TV channels?
Think about a time when standing up for what was right would have cost you something. Did you stand firm? What did you learn from the experience?
Read Mark 14:43-50. Ponder verse 50.
What happened in these verses?
Who is Judas, and what had he done?
What was Jesus’ response to the mob? How did it shame them for their actions? Why is it important that this moment fulfills the Scriptures?
What was the disciples’ response to the arrest?
What would your response have been in this situation?
When have you been given a chance to stand firm for Christ and run away instead? Explain. When have you stood strong? What did you learn in both situations?
What are some areas of your life in which you need to stand strong for Christ?
What steps will you take to turn these things over to Him?
Moments before, Jesus had been praying in the quiet garden. Then, a mob with clubs and swords and led by His own disciple, Judas, arrived. In the chaos of Jesus’ arrest, the disciples who’d promised that they would never leave Him ran away.
As followers of Jesus, we’re called to stand firm in the faith when it’s easy and when it’s not. And Jesus’ own life tells us there will be times when it is not easy, when deserting Him seems like the best option. Just remember that He stood strong in His commitment to save us. He has never deserted us.