The disciples of Jesus were a study in contrasts.
In Luke 10, 70 of them went to tell others the kingdom of heaven was at hand. They returned with great joy, informing the Master that even the demons were subject to them (Luke 10:17).
Fast forward to Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, and another picture emerges.
The Twelve are with Jesus in his final moments of freedom. He had taught them from the upper room to the garden. But when a multitude of people, including the Pharisees, chief priests, and a Roman cohort approached Jesus to arrest him, the disciples “all left him and fled” (Mark 14:50).
David Lipe wrote, “The combination of Roman and Jewish authorities in the arrest of Jesus indicts both Jews and Gentiles, arguably representing the whole world in its wicked designs to destroy the Savior of the world.”/1
Now, Jesus is standing alone with those who opposed him and the Roman army. The faithful have fled.
Have you ever thought where you’d be standing if you were there? It would have been easy to accompany the disciples as they tamed even the wildest spirits. It is much more difficult to risk death with Jesus. Imagine standing there looking into Jesus’ eyes while your feet turn to flee. What a terrible feeling!
Are you standing with Jesus? He’s looking for you now. Won’t you go to the Master and obey the gospel?
1/ David Lipe, Truth for Today Commentary, John 13-21 (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications), p. 272.