How far are you willing to follow someone? Are you willing to follow someone, even to your death? Who you are going to follow, and when it is fool hearty to give up your life, and when it is noble, isn’t always so easy to tell. This tension is behind our passage for today in Mark. The disciples will be instantly confronted with a choice. How far are they willing to follow Jesus? By this point, Jesus had repeatedly told them that his future held suffering and death. At this point, that suffering and death is imminent. It will be that very night that Jesus is betrayed by Judas. The next day he will be convicted, beaten, and hung on the cross to his death. That was Jesus’ imminent future. Would they stand by Jesus at that time? Would they faithfully follow Jesus all the way to the end? What the disciples thought isn’t what Jesus knew would happen. In this sermon we’ll see how the loving Shepherd takes care of his wayward sheep.
Passage: Mark 14:27-31
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 01/25/2009 in Novato, CA.