Futility of the Flesh

Jesus was “arrested.” It was a false arrest which didn’t trouble the religious authorities. His disciples fled in fear. It appears in Mark 14:51-54 that some had second thoughts: “And there followed Him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about (his) naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. And Peter followed Him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.” From this account, we can learn two important lessons. The first lesson is that no matter how determined the “flesh” is, it doesn’t have staying power. Any degree of success the “flesh” might have can only result in pride over what we did. The second lesson is that the “flesh” will always mingle with the “world.” The young man that meant well, suddenly realizing his personal danger, took off naked, leaving his clothing behind. Talk about panic! Peter, on the other hand, tried to keep a low profile. He mingled with the servants (of the leaders) and warmed himself at the fire. The “flesh” always allures us to “warm” ourselves with the things of this world. Peter ultimately denied Jesus; efforts of the “flesh” are completely futile! We might well heed the wisdom found in the first stanza of, “Jesus Paid It All,” by Elvina M. Hall: “I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small, child of weakness, watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all.” Selah! God’s strength is imparted by spending much quality time in His Word, and prayer helps us internalize the Spiritual Truth we find in Scripture. A well worn Bible usually belongs to a saint who has worn well.   Ron

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