Thursday March 10- Don’t Get Stuck

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Mark 14:46-49

Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”

Swords and clubs and then, right in the middle of the mob, we see one of the disciples attacks the high priest’s body guard and cuts off his ear. We don’t know who he is. The Gospel of John gives it up close and personal. He says the sword fighter is Peter.

Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. But, sometimes even your best friend is going to mess up.

So, Peter tires to defend Jesus. But, it’s not necessary. The religious leaders didn’t need any weapons at all. Jesus wasn’t a revolutionary in a violent way. They know this already. They are looking for a reason to use them. And Jesus doesn’t need defending. That’s why Peter messes up once again. He could have started a slaughter. Mark won’t even name Peter because this action is completely out of bounds. Jesus has nothing to do with armed revolution.

Fortunately, the mob doesn’t turn against Jesus and the disciples. Probably because Caiaphas the high priest, is waiting at home to mess with Jesus. So, Jesus takes this time to teach, once again.Everything that is happening has already been predicted in our Bible. Let’s keep going here. There’s a world to save. I am not going to convince you of anything.

Someone said it this way.

Naïve realism is the intuitive sense that we see the world out there as it actually is, rather than as it appears from our own perspective. Actually, each of us views only a small slice of the world’s people, hears only haphazard bits of highly selected evidence from news outlets or other sources, and talks to only a narrow group of generally like-minded friends.

Me

When is the last time you had an argument with someone about some social issue or politics and someone said, “You’re right, I am changing my mind on that?” Like never? What can you learn from that?

Tuesday March 8- No

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Mark 14:32-36

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.

When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 

Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. Jesus knows this. His best buddies, Peter, James, and John are with him.

Guys, I have never felt worse than I do right now. I don’t know if I can take it. Pray for me! Please!

Jesus is filled with the three D’s.

Depression.

Dejection.

Disillusionment.

Satan is already attacking him with all he’s got and Jesus has had enough.

This must have been an awful time for the disciples. Jesus is always in charge. He has his act together. It is almost embarrassing to see him act this way. Anguish and Jesus don’t go together, do they?

Jesus wants off of this salvation train. Rightfully so, he takes it to the Lord with prayer. But, he doesn’t seem to hear from his Father.

Even his dad is isn’t listening??

At least he has his best friends praying for him. He taught them all to pray, didn’t he? They know what to do.

So, Jesus goes back to his friends but they aren’t praying. They’re sleeping!

Come on Peter, you can’t do me this one thing. You can’t stay awake for an hour?

Jesus keeps praying and Abba, daddy, finally answers.

No.

Me

When you are feeling low, what do you do to feel better? Take a walk? Listen to music? A glass of wine? A hot bath? How about prayer along with it? Or prayer in a quiet place?