A Perspective on Friday

by Kim Hammons

In my gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, you will find a passage that gives the account of Jesus’ betrayal, of his disciples leaving him as they ran away in fear, the false accusations of Jesus’ trial, Peter’s denial, and the crucifixion of Jesus. You’ll also find me.

My name is Mark or John Mark. Before I wrote my gospel, I traveled with Paul and Barnabas. After I left them, I soon became Peter’s companion. Peter baptized me and at times, called me his son. One of my duties was to write down his sermons. This duty ultimately inspired me to write my own gospel about Jesus, the Messiah.

Though I never met Jesus directly, I first witnessed him at the wedding of Cana. I was one of the servants who poured out the water only to find the jugs filled with wine. I was one of the 70 disciples that Jesus sent to share the good news. I was the one carrying the water that Jesus said his disciples would need in the city as they were preparing for the Last Supper. And . . . I was the naked man who ran away when Jesus was arrested.

“A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus.

When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.”

Why did I include that in my gospel account? Because the time of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion was a turning point. It marked the end of one life and the beginning of a new life. Finding myself naked, I remembered Jesus’ teaching:

“You must deny yourself first, take up your cross and then follow me.”

At that moment, I realized I had two choices: clothe myself with my old garments or put on my new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of my Creator. I chose life. I chose to accept the truth of Jesus’ Word.

You have that choice as well. It is why I wrote this Gospel. I didn’t write it for posterity, I wrote it because I was there, I witnessed Jesus’ life, his teachings, his miracles, his love and yes, his death and his resurrection.

He lived that we may know his Father. He died so that we may have new life.

Choose life – choose Jesus and follow him, and you too can become a witness to Jesus’ life.

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