This is my third time going through the Bible in 90 days. Always it is a journey, although at times it can feel like a sprint. The journey brings up so many things in my heart and my mind.
The cycle of life.
And yet I am constantly troubled by two verses. They disturb me and cause me to think deeply, and yet I still don’t exactly know what to think about them.
One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked. Mark 14:51-52
I have asked people much more scholarly than me about this young man. No one can tell me who he is. What the linen shirt means. Why the mob grabbed him. Why he ran. I can only guess, based on what I do know.
He wasn’t one of the Twelve, but he was a Christ follower. He was such a Christ follower that he was present when Christ was taken. When the disciples scattered, so did he. He wore linen. Linen was a common material for clothing to be made from, but in the Bible linen also indicated purity and being set apart, as in the priests in the days of the Tabernacle.
He was so desperate to get away that he escaped with nothing but his skin. I think what disturbs me most about this is that our human nature is so much like this man.
We LOVE to follow Christ. To walk as close to him as possible. To be there to see his wonders, feel his Spirit, be a witness to everything that he is doing in our lives and the lives of others. The change comes when it gets hard. When conflict arises, we stand firm with Christ… until the situation gets really hot, only to disappear until things cool down. To run away naked.
I don’t want to be that naked person, fleeing for my life with nothing. Lord, let your Spirit always be with me, and my faith be a garment around me. Always.