Imagine the cost of fleeing Jesus...

A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. (Mark 14:51-52)

It's dawn. Gethsemane is as beautiful as it is tragic.

The Creator of all lives is about to lose His. His created are bent on His assassination.

A treacherous Judas guarantees a captured Messiah.

Arrested through the kiss of Judas, Jesus' betrayal begins.

A melee erupts as Peter draws his sword.

Captivated by this drama a near naked young disciple watches on.

The Gospel of Mark describes this nameless youth as a follower of Jesus. He only wore a linen garment. (That is okay because Jesus loves us simply as we are, and not as we should be.)

Yet caught up in the cruel momentum of arrest this scene unfolds - this scantily clad lad is too seized. However, unlike the submissive Jesus he flees.

Barely a believer - in this sudden flight his cloth falls, naked he flees both the soldiers and Jesus.

The Last Word:

To flee Jesus is to lose everything.