“Then everyone deserted him and fled.”
Mark 14:50 (NIV)
It is a wonderful exercise for believers to regularly be in the house of God to worship, join in prayer, hear the Bible read and explained, mingle with the other believers, and sing the praise of our great God. Such times can develop our faith and give us the needed resources to go back out into a hostile world for another week.
What we need to guard against, however, is a fortress mentality that causes us to be strong in church when absent from the daily grind but leaves us weak and ineffective when we leave the church fellowship and go back into the world and face its hostility.
The night in which Jesus was betrayed it seemed that the disciples had developed a fortress mentality. While in the presence of Jesus they believed themselves invincible. They even boasted excessively that they were spiritual enough to follow Jesus to the death if necessary (Mark 14:31).
I am only describing what the disciples’ faith was like. I do not judge them. Their faith was that of children who are brave when daddy is near but can easily be frightened when they are alone and danger rears its ugly head. This was the case with Jesus’ disciples.