Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 15, 2019

Ever Conscious

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,passover,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:37-38 7 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  (NIV)

As we look toward the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, let’s look at the days just before.  We’ll start with right after Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover Diner.  At the dinner Jesus did and said some things the disciples didn’t understand. They still looked to Him as being the King Who takes over from the Romans and sets the country of Israel free.  Now we look at Jesus taking 3 of His disciples a little bit away from the others.  He tells them He is overwhelmed with sorrow.  They can’t understand this.  There is no way for anything bad to happen to Jesus.  The saw Him raise people from death.  They believed He was truly God’s Son so nothing bad could ever happen to Him.  They were told to keep watch with Him.  After such a feast of eating they were very drowsy.  They kept nodding off to sleep.  They weren’t worried about anything.  Surely God was in control and victory would be theirs very soon.  From Jesus’ perspective we see things very differently.  Jesus knows what horrible suffering was soon to come His way.  He wanted the comfort of His friends but it wasn’t there.  He asked His Father to find some other way to save mankind from eternal separation from God because of sin.  Yet, regardless of His loneliness and the foreboding of suffering, He submitted to the Father’s will.  Two very different outlooks.  The disciples were oblivious and comfortable in their ignorance.  Jesus, sorrowful yet willing.  What is our own outlook?  We can’t fault the disciples.  They didn’t know.  We can fault us.  There are times we turn our backs on Jesus.  He wants to abide in us and us to abide in Him.  Yet we allow distractions to push Jesus out of our consciousness.  Let us not be spiritually drowsy.  Let us stay ever conscious of the ever presence of Jesus within us.

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