Matthew 26:55-56 / Mark 14:48-50 / Luke 22:52-53…
At that hour Jesus said to the crowds… After setting Peter straight, Jesus then addresses the crowd that has come to take Him captive. He calls them out for being cowards. He is no social or political revolutionary. He is no criminal. He is not leading some military insurrection.
But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Jesus then explains exactly why they are acting the way they are; it is according to His predictions, in order to fulfill the Scriptures. They are all instruments in the hands of God. Jesus wasn’t being taken against His will; He was embracing His Father’s will.
Then all the disciples left him and fled. This was also just as Jesus had said it would be. Jesus had to face the cross alone. There is no other mediator. The apostles, the martyrs, Mary, the saints, a priest, or your pastor, these cannot save you; only Jesus can (1 Timothy 2:5).
Beyond the fact that we must not ultimately place our faith in someone else, the actions of the disciples also teach us that we must count on Christ and not place our trust in ourselves. Thank God that He remains faithful to us despite our lapses (2 Timothy 2:13).