And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” (Mark 14:18-19 ESV)
We all mess up one time or another in our Christian walk. It might be a particular sin that we struggle with or just an impulse reaction to something. Usually, after these series of events, we buckle down and get rid of the things in our lives that are a hindrance and start climbing the mountain again. We begin to read our Bible again and pray more often. As days and weeks and even months go by without any serious slip-ups into this sin, we begin to get a false sense that we are invincible or won’t ever be tempted again.
Of course, we aren’t invincible. Ask the Pastor who cheats on his wife if he ever thought he would do it. We need to be more like the disciples who asked Jesus if they were to be the ones who would betray him. What a crazy question!
The disciples had been with Jesus for three years. They lived with him, learned from him, and ate with him. Yet, they wondered if they were going to be the one to betray him. We learn later on that Peter denies Jesus three times (Mark 14:66-72), and this is the man who was to be the founder of the church!
Let’s learn from the disciples and remember that at any time we can be susceptible to sin. We must always be on guard (1 Corinthians 16:13), no matter how well we are doing in our walk with Jesus. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, when a brother or sister in Christ repents of sin, we must remember to receive them back graciously. Because, after all, we could easily be the one caught in sin.
In what areas of your life have you dropped your guard?