Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Jesus on Mount Olives
Whenever I feel particularly lonely or vulnerable, like a particular crisis that I am dealing with is a bit much, I am reminded of a passage of scripture that gripped me when I came across it. It described some of the final hours that Jesus went through prior to his crucifixion:
39. And he came out, and went as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeling down, and prayed, 42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46. And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Luke 22: 39-46
The book of Mark tells the story also and in Peter's version (as told to Mark), Mark tells how Jesus took with him the disciples to accompany him while he prayed in a section of Gethsemane. It was here that Peter vowed to die with Jesus, then Jesus asked them to wait with him while he prayed. He came back, not once but three times to find them asleep. One verse; Mark 14:34 Jesus said My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here and watch.
He prayed a short while and came back to find all the disciples asleep and spoke to Simon Peter in particular Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
If you remember this incident, you will remember that after this Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to the soldiers and then He was taken into custody. Peter betrayed him three times. It was as if the whole world turned their back on Jesus. All those who would crowd Him begging for healing and hanging on His ever word; where were they? The loneliness and betrayal had to be crushing. I feel His comfort when I go to Him in prayer because I know, He knows. He bore so much more than I could ever imagine.
Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and may God richly bless you! This post linked to Two questions Thursday. Let's all get together at Amanda's! See you there.
My questions are:
1) What is your favorite scripture passage? Mine is 1 Corinthians 13:13
2) What is your favorite part of your church worship? Mine is the word. I enjoy good gospel music, but I am fed with the word.
So sorry I missed you last week. My computer took a nap, a long one. It has been having issues with blogger. Sometimes I cannot post, sometimes not edit or upload pictures, view other blogger's photos...Tonight it took me two hours to get into blogger to create a post. I kept getting a message that I had signed in from another site. My clone should tell me what she is doing! :-)