Day 9 – Abandoned at Gethsemane

Matthew 26:51-56

And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 52 But Jesus said to him, ” Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” 55 In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, ” Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

For the most part, our Saviours Journey to the Cross was a lonely affair. Not many understood His divine purpose and when the heat was turned up, most turned and fled. Victory in Life requires us to stay focused on the end goal, especially when those closest to you can’t handle the intense pressure. This next statement is vital for you to understand, just because those around you abandoned you, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re completely abandoned. They just couldn’t handle the intensity of the heat and flight came easier than fight. Jesus however, recognized their weaknesses and was able to look beyond what they did and looked forward to who they’d become. As you journey with Christ, consider letting go of hurts, pains, sorrows, anger…toward those who abandoned you and in exchange, ask for help to forgive.