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March 25 – Preparing by standing firm

Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.” – Matthew 26:56

Scripture reading: Matthew 26:47-56

Many Christians have a negative opinion about the disciples’ behaviour in the Garden of Gethsemane. We think, though we dare not say it openly, I would have behaved differently. It is true that the disciples do not look good in this Gospel account. If our reaction to the reading is merely to compare ourselves to the disciples, and to figure that, compared to their performance, we look pretty good, then we have made a dreadful mistake and are woefully unprepared for an up-building commemoration of our Saviour’s passion.

Our text shows the disciples forsaking Jesus and fleeing. That is the natural human reaction to a dangerous situation. Remember, however, that we believers are called to walk the path of the Christian life by following Jesus. That path is the way of the cross, of persecution and struggle. If we want to be a follower of Jesus, we must take up the cross and follow Him.

To do this we must not flee away, rather we must stand firm. To stand firm we need God’s grace. Only the grace of God can make a fleeing soul into a pillar of faith, a dying ember into a soul on fire for the Lord. Seek that grace of God in your personal devotions and by attending worship services in church tomorrow, where we receive the means of grace. Without God’s grace you will be a fleeing disciple, fleeing away from carrying your cross. By God’s grace alone, you will be able to stand firm in faith and follow Jesus.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that God will fill you with the desire to receive His sovereign grace through personal devotions and by faithful attendance at worship in church tomorrow.

 Rev. Gregg V. Martin was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1977. In his years of service, he pastored a total of five congregations in three Canadian provinces. He also served for more than seven years in Latin America as a missionary, providing leadership training in Reformed mission churches. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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