For column – ALWAYS MINDFUL OF HIM – Rick Cox – March 1

Perhaps Peter and John suspected. I do not think any of the rest did. It is likely Jesus gave a sop to each of them. He had washed all their feet, even though initially Peter vehemently protested. Scripture records no one knew the reason Judas left the table of the last supper for the darkness outside. Just moments before, Jesus had said that one of them would betray Him. Not knowing themselves well enough, “each of them,” ” one by one,” asked (and I believe privately, not openly), “Is it I?” They were all alone in their uncertainty, you see.

A short time passed. They shared the Passover hymns from millennia past. They listened to words of Divine comfort. Jesus informs the twelve that they will stumble because of Him. Not knowing themselves well enough, they say that though they should have to die with Him, they will not deny Him. “Likewise also, said they all.” They all stood in agreement, you see.

A short time passed. Jesus began to fervently pray. To attempt to deal with their sorrow and bewilderment, they slept. Consciously driving away the moment, you see. Later still, O yes, they all forsook Him and fled. Their troubled hearts were reeling, their souls were perplexed. In the block of time of one night, Jesus answered their questions and dashed their hopes. Not knowing them-selves well enough, there was nothing for it but to scatter to be alone again, you see.

But wouldn’t you know, after a short time passed, some days less than forty, Jesus who had been dead but now lives, came calling and pointedly asked Peter, the spokesman and leader of the tiny band, if he would self-sacrifice for Him? And even a second time He asked Peter if he loved Him enough to self- sacrifice for Him. Truthfully?

And then the third time, “Very well Peter, would you be My friend?”

“You know all things.”

“Then feed my sheep and follow Me”.

“But Lord…the others?”

“Don’t worry about it. Follow me.”

Matthew c. 26, Mark c. 14, Luke c. 22, John c. 13 and c. 21.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” (John 16:7)