But it wasn’t just the Jews they feared. The disciples have filled themselves with doubt and disbelief and dread. Jesus is dead, and they didn’t even stand up for Him, let alone with Him. The night He was arrested in the Garden “They all left Him and fled.”
Think about that for a moment. They had deserted and left this One that they had confessed ...to be “the Christ, the son of the living God [Matthew 16:16],” to suffer the greatest of tortures and most shameful of executions.
Imagine you had been entrusted with babysitting your little baby brother or sister, your godchild, your grandchild and they got hurt, or worse, because you were busy talking or texting on the phone, watching TV, playing a video game, or making out with your boyfriend/girlfriend—you know, those things you do to try to find a bit of escape from the realities of the world and to pursue some sort of happiness in it.
Yeah, that kind of fear times 100.
To hear and or/read the entire sermon preached for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday, "Peace Be with You," click on this link. http://lcmssermons.com/index.php?sn=3766