The definition of the word loyal is showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person (the Oxford dictionary). If we look at Mark 14:50 (NKJV) we’ll see that all of the disciples forsook Him and fled — “Then they all forsook Him and fled.” This was after Peter had said very clearly to Jesus in verse 31 of the very same chapter: “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
Now maybe this morning you are feeling very disappointed. Maybe you are going through a painful divorce, maybe a business partner has cheated you and left you, maybe you are suffering from a broken friendship, maybe you are feeling totally deserted today.
Just when you needed your brothers in the faith to stand with you, they seem to have vanished into the mist. “Oh my dear friend, I know the feeling very well.”
But the good news today is that Jesus Christ will never desert you. He says in Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV): “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” You know with the Lord Jesus, He has put his money where his mouth is, so to speak. He has evidence to show you that He will never desert you. He has holes in his hands, and He has a gaping wound in his side, to prove that He will never desert you.
He is not like the proverbial fairweathered Christian (“when everything is going well, he is standing with you but when the sea becomes dark and stormy, he is nowhere to be seen.”)
In these perilous times in which you and I are living we need to be loyal, we need to be faithful, we need to be steadfast and immovable just like the rock of Gibraltar.
Don’t forsake and run away from the only One who can pull you out of your fiery trial.
Jesus bless you
Angus and Jill Buchan
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