Are You Following Jesus At A Distance? – Mark 14:54-72
From my reading in Mark 14:54-72 in the One Year New Testament.
Jesus had just been arrested and Peter wanted to see what happened to Jesus, but didn’t want to get in trouble for following him.
“Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.” Mark 14:54
Peter Followed Jesus At A Distance
He followed as long as it was safe. Perhaps it was this desire to be safe that caused Peter to deny Jesus three times that night. Granted, as far as we know, he was more bold than the rest of Christ’s disciples. But even though in the safety of the upper room he desired to stay strong and suffer with Jesus, when it came down to it he chickened out.
Many Christians follow Jesus from a distance. They follow him as long as it does not effect their comfort or safety. But Jesus called us to “take up your cross and follow me.” If we want to follow Jesus closely we must be willing to follow him even into dangerous or uncomfortable situations.
Are you following Jesus at a distance?
Are you only following Jesus when it is safe or convienent for you?
Or are you following Jesus closely regardless of the consequences?
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