“Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”Mark 8:38
Judas, Peter, and the Passion
The gospels paint a stark picture of what it means to stand courageously with Christ. When the cross loomed, the disciples scattered. One betrayed him, and eleven fled at the scene of his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane.1
Amid the mockery and scorn at Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin, Peter denied the Lord three times. At cockcrow, he broke down and wept, remembering Jesus’ words: “Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”2
Only one out of the Twelve stood with Jesus at the foot of the cross. Next to John, Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and some other women also accompanied him in his final agony. Their faithfulness illustrates the truth of this proverb:
A friend is a friend at all times,Proverbs 17:17
and a brother is born for the time of adversity.
Peter Preaches Perseverance
After Pentecost, a Spirit-filled Peter exhorted the Church to faith and perseverance in the shadow of the cross.
Of Jesus Christ and his words, we are not ashamed.
In the Father’s heav’nly court, the Son is acclaimed.
1 Mark 14:50.
2 Matthew 26:34; Mark 14:30; Luke 22:34; John 13:38.