Scattered But Not Forsaken

Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.  But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

Matthew 26:31-32

In this passage, Jesus is explaining to His disciples what is going to happen to Him.  He predicts that they will be offended because of Him, and that they will be scattered (which they were).  “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.”

Jesus was crucified and His disciples were scattered.  Peter, who boasted that he would never betray Him, betrayed Him three times.  It was obviously going to be an awful time for Jesus, but it was also going to be very difficult for His disciples.  They were going to be afraid.  And they were going to “be scattered.”

These things were all true and they happened exactly as foretold by the Lord.  But notice in this passage the tenderness and mercy of the Great Shepherd.  “But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”  Even though He knew that they would be “offended because of me,” He still told them that He would rise again and that, when He did, He would lead them.

The disciples would lose their courage and Jesus knew that.  He also knows that we often lose our courage.  But even in those weak moments, when we are afraid and have lost our courage, He is still our Lord and He still helps us and loves us.  He knew that they would be scattered, but He also knew that He would not forsake them and He told them this.

Though sometimes we may find ourselves scattered and confused, we can be sure that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks so much Ben, for pointing that out. So thankful that He never leaves us! god bless you this Memorial Day weekend!

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