31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
This is an important verse to truly understand all the people involved during this time in Jesus’ life. The traditional story makes Judas to be the big bad guy. He is the betrayer. He is the one who left Christ for his own gain. This verse however makes it very clear that all the disciples leave Jesus. All became afraid and run when they feel their life is in danger.
The best of the bunch is Peter, and we believe John, who stayed at a distance from Jesus. These two are like those who are split and don’t know which side of the fence to take. But let’s also remember that it is Peter who then betrays Jesus from a distance three times.
The truth is that Jesus really has no one. At the most crucial and painful point in his life, Jesus was forced to walk alone. His disciples left, those whom he healed were nowhere to be seen and even God himself had taken a step back into the darkness of the night.
When we read that Jesus suffered just as we do, it is not lying. Just as we have moments in our lives when we feel alone and abandoned by all, so did Jesus.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus understand the pain of feeling alone and abandoned. Don’t forget how he cried out to God himself in that dark moment.
But he continued on in faith. That is the power and glory and love of Christ. Even in the darkest, most painful moment, Jesus fulfilled his mission even though he saw no help around him. Let us, like him, have that faith.
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Pr. Steven Couto