A Verse You've Never Seen
And a young man followed Jesus, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. Mk 14:51–52
So.....ummmm......THAT is in the Bible.
If we live with the conviction that every verse in the Scriptures matters, what in the world are we to make of this obscure text, and why does it matter to us today?
This event is recorded in Mark's gospel right after the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. Judas had given his kiss of betrayal. The soldiers had come at Him, an unarmed man, with swords. Everyone had left Him and fled (Mark 14:50).
What did it mean?
In this context of people fleeing Jesus during this difficult hour, now we turn to this one specific instance of a man running from Him. Who is it? Only Mark records this episode and most scholars argue that this is Mark referring to himself. (Perhaps it is Mark saying "I was there.")
One researcher explains the significance of this text like this: "Perhaps the main point of the story—and the reason Mark included it—was to show that the forsakenness of Jesus was total. Even this youth forsook him" (Expositor's Bible Commentary). The very next thing that happens is that Jesus heads to be tried before a council to go to the cross.
So, in addition to the physical pain that Jesus had to endure during His last days on earth, in addition to the false charges that were allowed to land, in addition to the mental and emotional pain He must have endured, He also had to endure complete, utter abandonment. Everyone had left Him.
The hardest point in His life was imminent and to start it all off, even those who were 'with Him', were not 'with Him'.
What does it mean?
Jesus felt pain and He felt it alone during the most excruciating time in His life. When you and I are at our lowest, when we think that no one around us understands, when we think that we are the loser and no one likes or values us...Jesus understands. The One who felt the ultimate loneliness and utter abandonment is there to walk with you today. He has also instructed His followers to walk with each other today and not abandon each other. We who are in Christ need never be alone. But when we do feel that way...
He gets it.
Be strong and courageous...He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
See you Sunday!
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