April 18

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and… Jesus said to them, “set here while I pray.” Jesus began to be deeply distressed and troubled.  “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little further he fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible that this hour might pass from him. He returned to find his disciples sleeping. “Simon” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray that you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” He went away to pray again and returned to find them still sleeping and they did not know what to say to him because their eyes were heavy. “Enough! The hour has come and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise here comes my betrayer. Let us go! (Mark 14:32-42 NIV)

Words cannot express nor can we relate to how Christ felt in the garden. He was about to take upon Himself the sin of the world and for the first and only time be cut of from his father. Scripture says His sweat became like drops of blood. He was overwhelmed to the point of death. Can you honestly relate to that?

I have had sleepless nights with things weighing on my mind but I’ve never been that distressed. Now, here is quite a contrast, Jesus is overwhelmed by His coming suffering while the disciples are napping. It’s incredible that so many big events in the life of Christ happened while the disciples were unconscious. They were in a sense asleep on holy ground. Aren’t we also often guilty of such spiritual slumber?

The Lord has plans for our lives and we are oblivious to them. Because we don’t do what Christ told the disciples to do; we, like they, sleep and snore when we should watch and pray. That is what makes the difference in our lives. When we sleep and snore Satan creeps in and we are defeated before we know what’s going on. When we watch and pray we are steadfast and alert and can stand our ground. In the disciples’ case who knows what might have been different if they had watched and prayed instead of slept and snored? Wonder what would happen in our lives from this point on if we did the same?