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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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

One response to “Are You Following Jesus At A Distance? – Mark 14:54-72”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Dear David,
    Your image for Mark 14:53-72 is my favorite. May I please use it in a classroom presentation at Boston College? Is the image yours?
    Thank you for considering my request.


    Br. Tony Moreno, CSsR
    2nd Year M. Div. student
    Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

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