December 24, 2017


Blessings folks!

The disciples declared they would never deny the Lord.
Peter stated vehemently and constantly that he would not deny.
They never thought they would deny Him.

Jesus said they would.

They continued to walk…

Mar 14:32-35

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples,
“Sit here until I have prayed.”

And He took with Him Peter and James and John,
and began to be very distressed and troubled.

And He said to them,
“My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.”

And He went a little beyond them,
and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.

They arrived at Gethsemane.
Jesus pointedly told the disciples to sit in a specific place and await Him while He prayed.
We have no account of any of them jumping up and desiring to go with Jesus…

Jesus then took Peter, James and John with Him.

They experienced something unlike anything they had seen before, unlike anything we have seen.

They saw Jesus very distressed.
They saw Jesus very troubled.
They saw Jesus’ soul grieved to the point of death.

What must that have looked like?
We have some hints…later.

Jesus told them to remain where they were…then He went further.
He went beyond them.
He was alone.

Eight disciples in one place.
Three in another.
Jesus alone.

Jesus is grieved.
He knows what awaits Him.
He falls to the ground.
He prays.

He is praying, that if possible, what is about to occur might pass Him by.

A human response.

Even in the midst of the most intense of human experiences, Jesus was communing with Father.

So should we…