What Jesus Did! 'Left Alone to Face the Fury' — Mark 14:50

Friday, November 11, 2016

Then all of Jesus' followers left him and ran away.
— Mark 14:50 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:50 NLT — Then all of Jesus' followers left him and ran away.

Key Thought

For me, this is one of the saddest verses in all the Bible. Jesus is completely left alone by those whom he had loved, trained, warned, and prepared. The Son of God will now face the pent-up fury of those who have hated him. He will bear unspeakable brutality and have no one to stand with him in his time of agony. He will die alone. Because he has faced abandonment, we can rest assured that he knows how we feel when we are abandoned, betrayed, and abused. However, because Jesus died alone, he has promised us we would never be abandoned. He promises to be with us every step of the way.

Today's Prayer

Father, in those times that I feel most alone and abandoned, please help me remember Jesus and realize that he not only knows those feelings of abandonment, but he also has promised to never abandon me. Thank you for this assurance based on such a costly sacrifice. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:32-39
  • Psalm 23:4
  • Matthew 28:20b

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.