This is allegory but I like the thoughts that I had about this passage I am fixin’ to talk about. Mark 14:48-52 reads, “But Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as though I were a criminal, to capture Me? Every day I was among you, teaching int he temple complex, and you didn’t arrest Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled. Then they all (his disciples) deserted Him and ran away.
Now a certain young man, having a linen cloth wrapped around his naked body, was following Him. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth behind and ran away naked.”
Okay, so from a research perspective this passage is more than likely referring to the author himself. The other gospels fail to mention it because it would bring shame on Mark. Mark is willing to rat himself out for one reason or another. OR it could have been another couple of things. First, it might have been a Roman sentry who was following Jesus after being relieved from his post for falling asleep. I read on a Catholic Answers website but the person who stated this did not give a reference for how we would know this about Roman soldier practices during that time. The other thought I had was that it could be one of Jesus’ disciples whom the others applied this practice to after Jesus found them sleeping again.
I don’t want to focus on what actually happened. I want to focus on the symbolism that appears to creep into my own life from this story.
- There is only a thin covering that shields us from others seeing our nakedness. Think about it. Just how much peeling away of the layers would it take for others to really see the true you? For example, I was supposed to have a meeting with my principal the other day and she was late, with good reason, but I made the comment in front of a couple of others that I was not important to her so she probably forgot about me (and I meant it). Low and behold, who was coming around the corner right as I uttered these words…my principal. Very thin layers.
- When Jesus is going one way we have a choice to make. Do we follow or do we run away? If we follow it might mean ridicule, worldly hardships (meaning: our friends and family might think we are crazy for moving into the ghetto to minister to folks on the low end of the income totem pole but if that is what God is calling you to do then you better be willing to “be crazy”)
- How many times would I rather run away and hide in the dark (where I think nobody can see me) instead of doing the right thing? When God exposes our nakedness we have to maintain dependence on Him. Put aside your feelings of embarrassment and follow Christ to wherever He wants you to go.
- The key point is probably this, when you want to run the other way but you truly believe yourself to be a Christian (Christ-like, saved by the Grace of God through the Jesus factor) then you have to remember, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24-25
There is more that you could allegorize from this passage but that is what hit me this past week. There is more in Mark to ponder that I might post next week but more than likely I will forget and move on to something else. If you have not read my blogs in a bit then please go back and look at the last two weeks. One was regarding my thoughts on homosexuals and government policy and last weeks was on bingo and obedience.