Mark 14:37 “Could you not keep watch for one hour?”
The dark night would soon be over. The hour for the Son of Man to be glorified in such a strange way had come, and all would be completed in its appointed time. Waiting and watching at the Place called The Skull, weariness and agony filled the disciples. Was it all a farce? Was it a bad dream? Every fear converged on them to wonder even which one of them would be next. Listen a moment to imagine their journey of the next few hours (and, truly, of our own journey) as dreams were shattered, as they endured the long night of discouragement in their betrayal of the Savior they had known. . .And then came morning.
The Place of Further StillThis is the Garden of Gethsemane which my daughter visited two years ago. Tears well in my eyes as I envision Christ kneeling to pray in that very spot for my very soul.
There comes a time in our darkest hour, where our friends’ faith, our friends’ company isn’t enough. Our suffering is too holy, too sacred, too private to share. So Jesus retired “about a stone’s throw away” in the beautiful garden to pray. And to his disciples and each of us, he left the most intimate, precious words for us to press in and hear. He prayed for us even in his own hour of despair. He prayed to be glorified that his Father would be glorified, letting Perfect Love bridge the gap between sin-filled man and our holy God. Only he alone with his father could complete the details-strengthening His perfect love and peace beyond understanding to carry out his final task as God wrapped in human flesh. He knew for this fateful hour, he had to walk these final steps alone.
John 21:24-25 “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John still had so much to say, but he closed his Book with these words-no doubt the world is not big enough to contain the beautiful works of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
Celebrate His Word with Bev and the rest of us at Cover to Cover this week. You will be amazed by His love and His continuing mercy available to you by acknowledging His Lordship over your life, and His Name as Savior of not only the world, but your very own heart.