Mark Has Some Good News, Part 65, Talk is cheap
Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." 29 Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." 30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." 31 But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same.
It occurred to me that talk would be cheap in the presence of God. Jesus would have heard Judas say he'd die for him at the last supper and know it was a lie. That he'd hear Peter say the same thing and know his cowardice wouldn't be subdued by this pebble.
The transparency that Jesus had with his followers would have been hard to deal with. If you truly understood what his ownership of time meant how could you live with anything but complete openness and humility. You couldn't boast, brag or plan without Jesus. And we hear in a few short verses that one of his disciples would try to be the hero and drew a sword to defend Jesus from his attackers.
Mark is a good friend to Peter to not use his names other evangelists would name him the fearless as both the sword wielding and denying disciple we hear about here.
I wonder if Jesus shook his head at Peter's sword purchase, knowing that as prepared as he was for a fight he wasn't prepared to be honest. We don't hear about this sword when they try to throw Jesus off a cliff. That for all his talk his actions were still underfunded in love and loyalty.
I think Mark records this part to show us just how much people change for good and bad in the faith. That Jesus can change a man from a sword wielding coward, to a man who choose to be nailed to a cross upside down for the love of his savior.
Talk is cheap but our actions in Christ can be both costly and priceless.