Jesus and His students ate the Passover feast, sang a hymn, and went to the Mount of Olives, where Jesus said in Matthew 26:31, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written [quoting from Zechariah 13:7], ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’” Instead of supporting Jesus as He prayed to be spared, the disciples fell asleep. During Jesus’ trial, they stayed on the fringes, and Peter swore, “I don’t know the man!”
A few days later, after Jesus died and was resurrected, these same men, strangely enough, spread out far and wide, taking news of the risen Jesus to the known world.
Jumping ahead a few years, Paul wrote in Romans 10:9-11, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture (quoting Isaiah 28:16) says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’” An old song reiterates, There’s No Disappointment in Jesus.*
Finally, in Romans 10:13 (quoting Joel 2:32), Paul says, “Whoever will call on the Name of the LORD shall be saved.”
No disappointment—what an understatement!
*song written by John C. Hallett in 1940
From readings for Days 16, 17, and 18
Deuteronomy 4-5, 6-8, 9-12
Psalms 63, 64, 65
Matthew 26:17-35, 26:36-56, 26:57-75
Romans 10, 11:1-24, and 11:25-36