Saturday, April 1, 2023
Read: Matthew 26:36-46
This scripture is about Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane when he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee to “sit here while I go and pray over there,” he prayed for God’s will be done not Jesus’s but God’s will. Jesus had asked Peter and the sons to stay here and watch with him but did they watch, NO, Jesus came back and found them sleeping. Now Jesus chastised them for falling asleep, but did he give up on them? no, he gave them a second chance and guess what - yes they fell asleep again and yet even then gave them another chance. Now during this whole time Jesus knew he was going to die but this verse shows the us a side of Jesus, the human side, as he prayed for the cup pass from him.
Here is what I take from this passage, we are going to experience many hardships in our life, we face illness, hatred, crime, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, injustice but we can question God, we can ask the cup pass from us, and God will not give up on us. We may sin, fall asleep when we should stay awake but God will still give us more chances, and through all of the good but more importantly, through all the bad, the hardships, we are not alone, God is with us, and we can sing and shout the victory!!!
Heavenly father thank you for always giving us another chance and for always being with us. Help us to always remember it is your will and not ours that matters. Amen.
Certified Lay Servant
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