Cross Walk Devotional: Flee and Be Safe

The arrest of Jesus by the mob, initiated by the political leadership, is punctuated by a hypocritical kiss from Judas, a violent strike by a disciple that, fortunately, did not escalate to an all-out brawl, and then desertion by the disciples.  As always, Jesus is composed and in control even as these events swirl around him. There is much to consider here, but I wish to focus on the last event – the young man who followed Jesus, maybe too closely, was considered a threat, seized by the mob, and wriggled out of his clothes to escape naked.

This is a strange aside to the main story and makes me think Mark was the young man.  He had to flee from the very people that he should have been able to turn to for help – the priests, the teachers of the law and the elders.  But, where did he go? Who provided a place of refuge and clothes for him to wear? For this event, there is no answer given. But, the need of this man at this time is a metaphor for the need of all mankind.

The power of darkness and the attraction of sin is great, so that everyone gets caught in its grasp.  We lie to ourselves, thinking we can manage to overcome it on our own; or we think we aren’t so bad; or, worse yet, we deny that it is evil and will separate us from God.  Do you really want to be all alone when the power of darkness won’t let you go? Don’t you want somewhere to flee to be safe and cared for?

Fortunately, the good news of the gospel is that Jesus has overcome the power of darkness.  He is our perfect high priest who provides the sanctuary for us, the redeemed, to flee. Of course, he requires that we shed our old clothes (lives) and flee naked to his sanctuary where we are “clothed with Christ”.  The second part of Hebrews 6:18-20 says, “…we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf.”

Real security is a rare commodity.  We have found it in Christ by grabbing hold of him, clinging to him with all our heart, soul, mind & strength, and being greatly encouraged by the knowledge of his sacrifice and resurrection that provides this refuge!

You are loved!

Don Keefer