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"Now are we sure." But the "sure ones" would leave him in the hour of trial! In the garden of Gethsemane the three (Peter, James, and John) who were closest to Him were asleep and in the face of confrontation they all ran away. When He was standing before Pilate and Herod, none of them was there to defend Him; not a solitary voice was being lifted up for Him.

Well, every man was looking for his own safety: "Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own". Is not that the very essence of selfishness and of meanness, "Every man to his own"? This was all that Christ received from the best of His followers– they left Him, and went every man to his own way, to his own house, to see to his own society, to preserve his own life.

Here is the bitterness of your trial, that, in your hour of need, your near friends are fainting and weary. They cannot go your pace; they cannot confront the storm that you are called upon to face, and they are gone.

Remember that this happened to Jesus when His special hour came "The hour cometh." His hour was the hour of power of darkness: "when I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretch forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness" (Luke22: 53).

He told His disciples, "Ye shall leave me alone and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me". His confidence was based on the reality that the Father was with Him, and this confidence made Him stick TO HIS PURPOSE. He did not place His confidence in man. He knew that the moment would come when they would all be scattered, as they run away every man to his own way. "Thus saith the Lord; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his own, and whose heart departeth from the Lord – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord and where hope the Lord is...." (Jeremiah. 17: 5-8)

They all left alone; but there He was, still standing to His purpose. He had come to save, and He will surely save. He had come to redeem, and He will surely redeem. He had come to overcome the world, and He will overcome it. He had come to destroy the works of the devil, "...For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3: 8), and He will destroy all of them in what manner or way they present themselves. He had come to deliver, and He will deliver (Hebrew2:15) them who through fear of death were all their life time subject to bondage He had come to destroy the devil himself, and will destroy him. "For as much than as the children are partakers flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might DESTROY HIM that hath the power of death, that is the devil " (Hebrew 2:14).

They had left Him alone but He is no coward. He would not flinch from His purpose. He will never flinch or run away. Blessed be His name. He stood fast in that dreadful hour when all forsook Him and fled. This was because His confidence was in God. "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father, may be glorified in the Son" (John16:13).

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you" (John 4:16). "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you" (John 16:23). Rest your case in that name!