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20th February 2023


Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

Matthew 26:56

Some of the saddest words in all the Bible, are found in Matthew 26:56: “Then all the disciples forsook Him . . .” Amidst all the turmoil in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples of the Lord ran away. What sorrow for the Lord Jesus! He had twelve disciples. One became a traitor and the remaining eleven all ran away.

When the disciples are asked to watch, they sleep. And then, in concern for their own lives, they are watchful enough to lift their feet and flee from the troubles surrounding them. This picture takes us back to the Garden of Eden. The Lord says to man, ''Where are you?'' But now in the Garden of Gethsemane we again ask the first Adam, ''Where are you?'' The first Adam is not there because he ran away, and the second Adam, the great Shepherd of the sheep, does His work as Surety. He must save His sheep. But where are the sheep? They have all fled and must be rescued. Praise be to the Lord, that He never forsakes us in our hour of need.


Matthew 26:26-56.


My Father God, I ask that You give me strength to stand firm against those who would lead me away from You. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.



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