Everyone Fled — Today’s Thoughts
by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 12, 2011
Then everyone deserted him and fled. A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. (Mark 14:50-52 NIV)
The garden is quiet now. You only hear the sounds of birds rustling in the trees and the soft whisper of the wind as it blows through the leaves. Night insects begin their chorus and the sounds of men draws further and further away. Perhaps, after those who came to pray had fled or had been taken away, we find some of them coming from out of cover to wonder at what had just occurred. We know that some of them followed Jesus and his captors. But right now you can smell the trees, the good earth, and feel the quiet of the place where the Master had just been. Everyone fled the garden.
I wonder if the stars shone just as bright, or the moon was glowing down on the scene. There would have been a partial moon at least. Did the creatures of the glade know what was occurring? Did they weep as their Creator was led away? Did the quiet of the garden grow deeper as the realization of what had just happened played its final act? Probably not. The earth still spun around its axis, the clouds still floated serenely over the earth, and the animals went back to their nightly routine of sleep or foraging. Everyone fled, but them.
As they drag Jesus from place to place and the accusations fly, the garden continued to grow. The figs began to ripen and the roots gathered water and nutrients for the coming season. Soon, the sun would begin to poke its rays over the hills of Judea. It would reflect off the doors of the temple that was just across the little brook and vale between the garden and the hill it sat on. The trees of the garden would then stretch themselves toward the life-giving rays. Some of the creatures there would go back to their borrows, while others would fly away looking for food for the day or building materials to renew their homes. But right now in the early morning dawn, everyone fled.
I do not know about you dear child of God, but I often wonder at the scene that was left after the greatest betrayal occurred. I wonder how could people continue their lives after such an event? I wonder at the buyers and sellers in the temple, if they still were angered as they begin to set up again for another day, at the man who had just come a few days before and upset their trade? Did they realize he was being taken, accused falsely, convicted, and condemned? If they knew, would they have cared? Now a few of the disciples had made their way back to others, and the women begin to weep. The men are afraid and angered. Two, as I said before follow at a distance, as they take Jesus from place to place, while the garden is now bathed in full sunlight, and new people come and sit. Perhaps looking across at the temple they wonder at the things of God, not knowing what is happening just below them in the dark halls of the Sanhedrin and Roman courts. They spread out a morning breakfast and begin to eat, to them the garden is just a place of reflection and to enjoy, because everyone fled. I wonder, do you?
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2011 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.