“And Jesus said to them, ‘You will all fall away, for it is written, “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee’” (Mark 14:27-28).
Mark 14:27 paints a grim picture of what is about to take place. The Shepherd Jesus will be struck and his disciples will be scattered. They will all fall way, every single one of them.
Their response in Mark 14:29-31, reveals that they think they are stronger than God, every single one of them (esp. Mark 14:31). But Jesus tied their falling away to Scripture, which foretold this moment. If they stay with Jesus through the night, God would have to cease to be God.
In their resolve they miss the good news of Mark 14:28, “But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” There is another side. After Jesus is struck, he will be raised up and after they scatter from him, they will gather to him in Galilee.
These verses make the loud statement: God’s Word is more powerful than man’s resolve. Note how many things of God come to pass: (1) Jesus’ words about their scattering, quoting Zechariah 13:7; (2) Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s three-fold denial; (3) Jesus’ prediction that the denials will take place before the rooster crows twice; (4) Jesus’ prediction that he will be raised up; and (5) Jesus’ prediction that he will go before them to Galilee. Contrast this with the single resolve of the disciples. It matters not how many times they repeat themselves, they cannot bring it to pass. God’s Word is more powerful than man’s resolve.
This should temper our resolve. The disciples substituted confidence in God’s words for confidence in themselves. We should never live like the things of God are according to our strength.
This should temper how we respond when we fail to live up to our resolve. I’m sure like me you want to live for God’s glory, you want to seek God’s kingdom. Failure to do the things we want can be devastating, even disillusioning. That is why there was only one perfect one that night on the Mount of Olives. It wasn’t a disciple; it was the master. He is still the only perfect one. He accomplished full redemption for the disciples who were full of resolve but fled. May God help us live in light of the reality that his Word is more powerful than our resolve.