We’ve essentially come to the end of Epiphany, the Season of Light. In this scene from Matthew 26, Jesus knows his journey is ending.
It is a dark time, only to get worse. After the Last Supper with his disciples and friends, he goes to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. He wasÂ anguished and distressed.Â
He told his disciples, â€œMy soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.â€
39Â He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, â€œMy Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.â€
40Â Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, â€œCouldnâ€™t you watch with me even one hour?
Â “Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, â€œCouldnâ€™t you watch with me even one hour? 41Â Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!â€ Matthew 26:40-41
My “flesh”, that is, what I can do in my human strength through will power and determination, is inadequate. Jesus is telling us, “your intentions may be good, but you can’t do it – not even for an hour.”
Soon, the Son of Man will lay down his life, and suffer much. We’ll walk that journey during the season of Lent, starting tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.Â
Thank you Jesus that even when I am faithless, you are faithful. Help me learn to walk in your ways. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
About Season Of Light
I am writing a devotional series called â€œSeason of Lightâ€ (#SeasonOfLife) during the beginning of 2016, focusing on the 40 day season of Epiphany (from January 6 â€“ February 10). Weâ€™ll explore the major biblical themes ofÂ the beginning of Jesus ministry, and Iâ€™ll comment as the Holy Spirit inspires. This is for the purpose of growing in our relationship with the Lord. My desire â€“ my hope and prayer for you â€“ is that yourÂ heart may expand and your spirit grow brighter as we seek to be filled with the knowledge and presence of God. So, I invite you to join me on the â€œSeason of Lightâ€ journey!
Often Iâ€™ll be inspired by a scripture from the Daily Audio Bible readings and use that as a writing prompt. Hereâ€™s theÂ DAB readings for February 9:Â Exodus 29:1-30:10; Matthew 26:14-46; Psalms 31:19-24; Proverbs 8:14-26
Our church is also on a reading plan of four chapters per day, starting in the New Testament. Today isÂ Romans 4-7.