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9/10 Matthew 24-26

Reading this in Chapter 24 makes me wonder.

14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

So what are we doing to hasten this along?  Supporting Missionaries?  Going on Missions Trips?  Sure is something to think about isn’t it.

I was thinking about how many times I have heard these verses read on Sunday morning.  Probably more than I can count.  But it seems, to me anyway, that they take on a special meaning as you read about the events leading up to them and then knowing what comes shortly afterward.

26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

It is truly amazing that Jesus knowing full well what was going to happen to him still in spite of it all, did his Fathers will.  Asking the Father three times if this was still His will and each time getting the same answer.  Yes this is My will.  You wonder how his disciples could sleep at a time like this.  My guess is that they really still didn’t understand the situation.

36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

I remember viewing this scene from the movie “The Passion of the Christ”.  It was very intense and for a moment I think we could almost feel what Jesus felt.  When was that last time we fell to the ground and prayed to God for something more than we thought we could bear?   I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t ask that question.

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September 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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