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

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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[When Jesus was arrested,] all his disciples deserted him and ran away.
— Mark 14:50 NLT

Key Thought

For me, this is one of the saddest verses in all of 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 be condemned to death 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 of the way Jesus died, 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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Illustration of Mark 14:50 NLT — [When Jesus was arrested,] all his disciples deserted him and ran away.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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.