Day 281 – A Desperate Hour
On: August 8, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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And being in anguish, Jesus prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:44-46
This was a desperate hour. We are not witnessing Jesus “going through the motions” with His Father. The pain was real (sweating blood). The sense of imminent separation was real (imagine you’re on the Moon and you’re left on your own). The danger was real. (Jesus might have abandoned His mission at the final hurdle). Impending death was real (for the author of life? Acts 3:15).
In Matthew and Mark’s gospels, we read that Jesus returned three times to the nearby disciples, such was His anguish. But, they were no help: they were fast asleep.
I take two big lessons from his scene: suffering is very real, regardless of a close relationship with God. There is no immunity for those who name Jesus as Lord. Suffering, after the Fall (Genesis 3) is part of human experience on this Earth. It is only in Heaven that this will change (Revelation 21), as every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.
And then, even Jesus needed a little help from His friends. So shall we, when the going gets tough. Is it a coincidence that, since I wrote the last sentence, I’ve just discovered that I made a mistake when setting up the design file from which this will be published – A4, not A5. It means re-doing the layout of every one of the 280 pages leading up to this one. At half an hour each, that is 140 hours of work! If you are reading this, it will be because of help from my friends, who will have convinced me it’s worth doing – because, at the moment, I’m feeling so despondent about it, I’m tempted not to write another word.
Father God, in my despondency, strengthen me to continue the work You have prepared for me to do. Amen