32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Jesus just told them that they were going to abandon Him in His greatest moment of need.
Why did He tell them that?
So that they would have peace.
Peace IN HIM.
He knew they would flee. He knew they would abandon Him. He knew they would deny Him and leave Him to face His greatest temptations and trials on His own.
And He still chose to go through it all FOR US.
He didn't even have to. It wasn't His cross to bear per se. It was ours. And the very ones who should have been cheering gratefully for their champion failed to show up to support their Hero as He went into the battle for their lives.
In all of this, Jesus had His Father with Him.
Jesus had PERFECT faith and never strayed or wandered away.
And He offers that PERFECT record to us who believe in Him. wandering, abandoning, scared, petty disciples.
He told us all of this so that IN HIM we would have PEACE.