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“I Will Go Before You…”

It’s day five for our people suffering in Haiti. Another day of anxiety and frustration and  raw fear. If we hadn’t had reason to understand unceasing prayer before now, here’s a great place to start.

I found hope while reading about that last evening that Jesus and His disciples spent together. They’d just finished up supper, had sung a hymn, then walked to the garden. Now Jesus was saying more of those enigmatic words.

“You will fall away, because of me…” He was saying. “But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee.”

Nobody heard the last part. The first words seemed incredibly harsh, unreal, and impossible in the moment. The garden quiet, the lovely dusk, and being with Jesus. “Not me, Jesus, I would never fall away… I’ll die first.”

We all feel this way and make commitments in these moments, close to Jesus. We pray for each other and ourselves that we stand in the day of testing, confidently. And we should.

We know what happened that night. Everybody turned chicken and fled in confusion. Except Peter, he was strong… stood there warming his hands at the fire, keeping an eye on the situation, until things got too intense, even for him.

What excuse did these guys have? They were with Jesus, eating and working and healing. They had heard His life giving words for three years. I think honestly, they truly did believe they’d hold out with Jesus. They were sure of it. So are we.

It wasn’t till later, that they remembered the rest of what Jesus had said that night in the garden, “I will go before you into Galilee..” Frankly, I think this is one of the sweetest promises ever given to us frail humans.

Jesus knows how we’ll do in the hot moment. He isn’t wringing His hands at our frustration and doubt. He is still going before us into Galilee. We’re going to regain our footing and our peace after falling, not because we deserve it, not because we earn it, not because we are that strong. But because that’s what Jesus does.

Nobody knows how the current situation will turn out, but we do know one thing. No matter how it turns out, Jesus will go before them into Galilee. Because, that’s what Jesus does.

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