Beyond the Weekend

March 12 | Darkest Hour

March 12, 2018


“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’” Mark 14:27

Read: Mark 14:26-72

Listen: Mark 14


Do you ever disappoint you? In the hours leading up to his death, Jesus predicts his disciples will treat him despicably. They unequivocally declare their allegiance. But when he needs them the most—they will abandon and reject him. By morning they are a total disappointment, leaving Jesus alone in his “darkest hour” to face torture and death with the added pain of betrayal.

Peter is the focal point of what happens to the disciples. He declares, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” Yet with all his declarations of loyalty, he cannot find the inner strength even to say he knows Jesus.

The “Road to the Cross” is scattered with stories of aloneness, pain and personal disappointment. But it’s also a road filled with hope that leads to restoration and reunion. Through his personal disappointment, Peter finds out how deep the love of Jesus goes. And Jesus, in spite of being totally alone, walks the road to the cross.


Jesus is not the “cardboard Jesus” we see in pictures with a halo and white robe. He experiences the “darkest hour” of human emotions and pain as he faces the cross alone. As you begin your week, read Mark 14:26-72. Look past the words and imagine the emotions Jesus must have felt in each situation. Thank him for obeying God’s will and going to the cross for you.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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