Quick Thought #1- In the next 24 hours, we will possibly experience the following: 62 degrees, thunderstorms, rain, wind up to 40 mph, snow showers, and 26 degrees. Meanwhile, in a nice contrast, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Quick Thought #2- Last night we experienced Lenten worship, enhanced by candles in a different space. It was a powerful evening. I am still hearing our voices singing out together.
We focused in on Jesus in Gethsemane, just before He would be crucified, and His ask of His disciples- “keep watch with me” (Matthew 26:38). I believe He asks this question for two reasons.
First, in a moment of dire anguish and loneliness, Jesus desired His friends to just be present with Him. Have you ever been in a moment of crisis and just wanted to not be alone? Perhaps that’s Jesus here. “Keep watch with me”.
But I believe there’s more to it.
Jesus would be spending these last few pre-arrest hours wrestling with God in prayer. He would be modeling for His disciples “what to do when you don’t know what to do”. He would reveal what honest and authentic and faithful prayer sound like. He would be calling out to God in anguish, sweating drops of blood, but also speaking words of trust and faith.
And He wanted His disciples to see this.
And they chose to sleep through it.
This Lenten Season we too are invited to “keep watch”. To attend to our spiritual health. To be present in worship. To Pray. Why? We don’t want to miss what God has for us.