What Jesus Did! 'Escaped Without a Cloak' — Mark 14:51-52

Saturday, November 12, 2016

There was a young man following Jesus. He was wearing only a linen cloth. The people also grabbed this man. The cloth he was wearing came off, and he ran away wearing nothing.
— Mark 14:51-52 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:51-52 NLT — There was a young man following Jesus. He was wearing only a linen cloth. The people also grabbed this man. The cloth he was wearing came off, and he ran away wearing nothing.

Key Thought

If Mark 14:50 is one of the most heart-wrenching passages of the Bible, these verses are some of the most intriguing. Some have suggested that this is a reference to John Mark, who wrote this gospel—these verses don't occur elsewhere—and that this is his signature placed with the Gospel to insure its authenticity. If this is so, it is yet another reminder that even those who secretly tried to follow Jesus during his Passion were run off by the violent mob that attacked the Lord, leaving Jesus completely alone, without a friendly face when surrounded by a crowd thirsty for blood. No matter who this young man may have been, he is a reminder of a host of those who followed the Lord about whom we know little or nothing. Yet their presence and support of the Lord at other times were crucial to the spread of God's Kingdom and the triumph of the Gospel.

Today's Prayer

Father, I thank you for those who followed Jesus who I will never know till heaven. I know you used so many more people to support his ministry and carry on his mission than we know about in the New Testament. Help me be willing to serve him whether I am known or not known as one of his loyal followers by future generations. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
  • Revelation 2:10
  • Hebrews 11:33-38

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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.

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