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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Time Of Christ: Preparation For The Journey

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Matthew 26:36-46 KJV
(36) Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
(37) And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
(38) Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
(39) And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
(40) And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
(41) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(42) He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
(43) And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
(44) And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
(45) Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
(46) Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

The last few times I have to have a surgical procedure, I found the distance to the place of surgery quite a feat at the wee hours of the morning. Leaving at one oíclock in the morning for five oíclock appointment in winter is not a good choice. I do not doubt that is has been frustrating for many people of my region, yet there is always the stories of people walking hundreds of miles in Africa and Asia, that it makes the short journey so much easier, especially knowing people traveled without cars to get to their destination, with some friends carrying them and others walking alone in great pain and anguish. The journey three hours in a vehicle seems like a piece of cake and one not worth complaining about. Yet it is the hour of time that is always an issue before a journey to and from location especially as one ages. When I think of being in the backwoods, it not my location, and yet as hospitals change their procedures to get people better care else where it is now the backwoods. Yet doctors are hear that could take care of the procedure.

Why ramble this morning. One I struggled to get up and two my clock played tricks on both my husband and I. He thought he seen it say five this morning at four oíclock. My eyes not yet ready to arise because of the late hour I spent fiddling with an old computer. Yet there is a purpose to my madness, it is about time and about the length of time it takes for a journey to begin and end. Jesus final hours of time with his disciples was in the garden, and yet he spent that time alone in prayer as well as checking on them and reminding them to pray, and yet each time he found them asleep. I wonder as those disciples looked back on those hours if they would of changed their need of sleep. Their weariness being more in tune with the need of prayer for what was fixing to happen. Those of us who gone through anything in life, know the value of sleep sometimes before the journey. Yet Jesus was more concerned about their spiritual journey and the temptation to fight and run that was coming. Jesus knew that the disciples would have to pray alone in the days ahead. That their own struggle and journey as beginning as the soldiers lead Jesus away. Jesus aggravation with knowing ahead of time is seen in this passage, yet it is more then simple aggravation, it was Jesus final time in the garden before His death. He knew the disciples with him, so near and yet some distance off would not know the importance of watching. Anyone waiting for someone to die knows the inability to stay awake and focused on keeping the dying one comfortable and not alone, yet knowing one can not go with the dying to their destination. Death is not a journey cowards.

Jesus journey would take more then one day before going to the cross. He would stand trial before Jewish religious council, Herod and then Pilot. The journey long to wait to be executed, and yet it only took a few days. The mental part would have been the worse knowing he would die. Knowing in the garden His Father God could remove the cup of death from him, but He still cried out not my will but yours Father. Jesus was an obedient Son unto death, and yet He also understood death was not a permanent place for Himself. He knew He would rise again. The prayer in the garden was for his disciples to learn, to know that the hour of death would be according to the will of God and not the will of their own heart.

Christ journey to the cross from birth to the grave was only 33 years of human life, and yet 3 years in ministry only caused the world to hate him. It hard to understand why anyone would hate Jesus. It more then jealousy or money. Maybe it more about inability to be perfect as Jesus was. Seeing Jesus always right and never wrong. Maybe jealous that He did do great miracles. Whatever the reason that cause the world to hate Jesus. We know it was the will of God for the world to crucify his Son.

The crucifying of Jesus is only one example of our inability to do the will of God always. The need of God to fulfill his will in our life must be by His hand. A child playing with blocks builds a huge castle, only to know all the blocks must fall, because the beauty of the structure is not built to last. The building of Godís word is meant to last even into the next life time. His word is clear and sound. If you love me be my disciples. If you love me obey me.

Godís word clear from beginning, and the journey and message of God as stood through out ages past till now. The journey long for Godís word. Godís word dies with some generation only to be resurrected by God alone, and by Godís grace. Godís word does have end and a beginning. Yet we know not the end or beginning beyond the hope of salvation and the promise of eternity. The journey with God is long, it is eternity not just this lifetime but through out the ages. I am in my forties and yet life has seemed short for the most part. Lifetime with Jesus is a long journey. Yet a journey worth the taking upon faith in Him. There is time when prayer is more important then sleep. Time of scripture reading is more important then rest. Yet even in the hours of spiritual surgery for healing of the heart the journey and hour long at times. Yet it Godís grace that the appointed hour of wake and sleep is given. God knows the spirit is willing but the body weak on more then one occasion especially of late. Yet He will be done in my life and yours. The hope resting in salvation of eternity with God through faith in Christ Jesus. Arise, to work, or to play, I guarantee your hour of decisions will come as it does to all of us, and some choices are not are own will.

Dear Heavenly Father give us the peace of knowing you with us through the journey of life that those things that are your will that is not necessarily our own desire, be guided by your hand, and not our own. That you know what we need the hour we need it. Help us to rest in your promise of eternity upon faith in your Son. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Mark 13:18-20 KJV
(18) And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
(19) For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
(20) And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.


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