Friday, 25 February 2011

Depending on God

We were looking last night at Mark 14 and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of the things that struck me in preparing was the difference between Jesus and the disciples.

Peter, James and John have made various boasts about standing with Jesus, not being scattered and being able to drink the cup he drinks. But as Jesus prays they do not, instead they fall asleep and they fail. Instead of standing with him they run, or simply remain in the shadows.

By contrast Jesus is at a critical moment in salvation history as he battles over doing the Father's will, he has none of the disciples easy confidence but he is in agony as he faces what he knows is coming. This leads him to depend on his Father as he pours out his prayer. And it is Jesus who emerges to do what he has said he will do, facing the cross, drinking the cup.

If even Jesus is that dependent on his Father why are we so often more like the disciples?

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