What Jesus Did! 'Watching by the Fire from Far Away' — Mark 14:53-54

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The people who arrested Jesus led him to the house of the high priest. All the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, and the teachers of the law were gathered there. Peter followed Jesus, but he did not come near Jesus. Peter followed Jesus to the yard of the high priest's house. Peter went into the yard. Peter was sitting there with the guards. He was warming himself by their fire.
— Mark 14:53-54 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:53-54 NLT —  He was warming himself by their fire.

Key Thought

Jesus was brought before the leaders of the Jewish people, but the leader of his followers stood at a cowardly distance sneaking around trying to watch the proceedings. While Jesus faced the cold ridicule of those in power, Jesus' self-proclaimed loyal follower warmed himself at a fire in the company of those put in charge of the Son of God's torture. While it all seems so despicable from the safety of our distance of two thousand years, if we are honest, most of us have done the same thing. When Jesus, his cause, or his Kingdom is maligned, we pull back from the discussion, hang back, and try to be unnoticeable.

Today's Prayer

Father, give me wisdom to know how to stand up for your Truth, your Son, and your will without totally alienating me from others. Also, dear Father, help me to never back down in my spoken faith because I am afraid. I want to be wise and courageous in my loyalty to your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 8:34-37
  • Romans 1:16-17
  • 2 Timothy 1:12

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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.