每日诗歌: 古舊十架 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clXLW2fFppg)
主在“最后的晚餐”所说的话令人震惊（26:21），但他最亲近的，曾每天跟随他有3年之久的门徒的反应更令人震惊。 “主，是我吗？” 这个问题本身暗示了他们自己都不确定对主人的忠心。表面上它听起来极其的软弱，但在内心深处，当我们面临着很大的难处时，我们很可能问类似的问题。“主，如果这种情况发生，我能持守我的信心吗？”
Leviticus 13 [Read]
Matthew 26:20-54 [Read]
While we are getting deeper into the priestly duties and sacrifices of the Mosaic Law in our OT reading, our Lord Jesus is also moving slowly toward performing the ultimate priestly duty and sacrifice in our NT reading. I have read the Lord’s passion narrative many times, and I still find certain human weaknesses to be so real even for today.
The statement made by the Lord during The Last Supper was shocking (26:21), but the reaction of his closest disciples, those who had followed him for 3 years on a daily basis, was even more shocking. “Surely not I, Lord?” The question itself hint at an uncertainty about their own loyalty to their master. On the surface this sounded incredibly weak, but deep down we probably asked similar question ourselves while facing great troubles. “Will I be able to hold on to my faith if this happens, Lord?”
In great contrast, the disciples seemed to change right afterwards. When Jesus told them that they shall all be scattered as predicted by the prophecy (26:31), they all became so brave and declared their loyalty to him even to their death. But then what happened? This reminds me of the vow we all took during our baptism. “Are you willing to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and follow him in everything you do and never depart from him?” Of all the baptism I participated, the answer has always been a resounding “yes” without exception.
I wonder what Jesus thought when he saw the reactions from his disciples mentioned above. Human weaknesses were easily exposed by our Lord’s simple statements. Knowing our Lord, I have no doubt that he must have watched them with merciful eyes while they responded. And that is exactly where our hope lies, for his mercy endures forever. “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.” (Ps 123:2, KJV). May his enduring mercy comfort you in this very moment.
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