In Mark 14 God through Peter records the plot against Jesus, His anointing in Bethany, the Last Passover/First Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ time in Gethsemane, His betrayal and arrest, one of His unjust trials, and Peter’s denials. The thing that strikes me most in this chapter is the amount of people who sin against Jesus. The chief priests and scribes plot against Jesus to have Him killed, Peter, James and John are more concerned with their own comfort than they are with Jesus’ anguish in the garden, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, all the disciples abandon Him, people give false testimony against Him, and Peter denies Him three times. Yet Jesus stays on mission and continues toward the cross, so He could die for sins like the ones just committed against Him. I need to remember that when I am sinned against, I too need to stay on mission and remember that through Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection He provided forgiveness to all who would repent and believe in Him as Savior and Lord. Lord, help me stay on mission, spreading the Gospel to all those that have sinned against me (and ultimately You) and to all those who I have sinned against. Thank You for Your amazing grace.
– Bryan McKenzie