Is It I?

Mark chapter 14 verses 18 and 19
And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said,”Verily I say unto you, one of you which eateth with me shall betray me.” And  they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is It I?  KJVThis reflection builds upon my last writing entitled “Every Man to His Own”.Jesus foretells His betrayal and His disciples react to that stunning revelation. Although we don’t know exactly what was going on in their individual hearts at the time, many responded to Jesus saying, “Is it I?”These men were Jesus’ chosen leaders for the spreading of God’s kingdom upon the earth, and yet they questioned, Is it I?  I find it amazing, that after three years of intense, intimate, and personal mentoring by Jesus, that their hearts could be filled with such uncertainty.

It is good in situations like this not to judge the heart motivation of another, but to seek God’s insight in the matter. In pondering this I realize these men were  conscious of both their sinful nature and also of the weakness of their own flesh. Truly these men had been with Jesus, and each was mindful of their own walk with Him over the last three years.

Probably, like you and me, they remembered every time they stumbled, and every stupid thing they said or did. Hopefully they also remembered when they got things right. These were real men in real situations and they leave to us a very good example of what it is like to be a disciple of Jesus.

May we also walk humbly before God with our hearts open to His examination, and may we say like them, Is it I?

You may join me in this prayer if you wish.

Dear Father,

Thank you for your Word and for your servants who have walked before you in the past. I am both blessed and encouraged through your Word and by the examples they have left for me. Teach me to walk humbly before both you and man, and may my heart be ever open to your Spirit, that your light may shine upon any darkness that you find there. AMEN

 

Please look forward to my next reflection “Yet will not I”   

  
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