Alert or Asleep?

“His Abide”
Reading Reflecting Responding
To
God’s Word
Context: Matthew 26
Focus: Matthew 36-46

by
Writing it All Down

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41

When Jesus went to the olive grove- Gethsemane, to pray, He brought three of His disciples with Him.
Jesus was in anguish and deeply distressed and told them His soul was crushed with grief to the point of death. So He told them to keep watch with Him and pray. Then Jesus went off a little farther by Himself, praying for the Father to take away His cup of suffering if it were possible. Yet, He said, He wanted to do the Father’s Will.  When He returned to His disciples He found them sleeping.  He asked, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?” He alerted them to stay awake and pray so they would not fall into temptation, saying, ” The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”  Again, He returned to His disciples and found them still sleeping. So He went to pray a third time, saying the same things. When He went to check on His disciples they were again, asleep, and so He let them rest, but suddenly, He announced, His time had come to be betrayed, and exclaimed, “Look, my betrayer is Here!”

I believe the Holy Spirit will alert us to the temptation of complacency in our spiritual walk. But in our daily living, we need to be cognizant of His promptings. It is possible to fall asleep and not be alert to the temptations that wait. Satan is like a lion crouching to pounce on its prey.  Jesus, knowing what lay ahead, and aware of the weakness of the flesh, attempted to warn His disciples three times.  It reminds me of how also Peter who was overconfident in His faith, denied His Lord and Savior three times.

It is just impossible to overcome our flesh in our own strength so it is imperative we abide in Jesus Christ, not some of the time, but always. When we are in constant prayer and on alert, we are also strengthened and prepared. Even Jesus who was both man and God needed the ministering Angel’s strength. ( Luke 22: 41-43)

The eyes of the Lord are upon us, ever interceding, at the right hand side of the Father, but we must not take His warnings for granted. Let us not be complacent, but ready.
He’s coming soon!

My Response: (Prayer)
Lord, your Word is Truth, thank you for keeping us aware concerning the things ahead. Keep us in your Word, Lord, keep us in prayer.

CR – Philippians 4: 13, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 1:13,
1 Corinthians 16:13 Romans 13:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, Matthew 24:43,
Romans 7:24-25

“Yes, Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly!”

 

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The Denial

“His Abide”
Reading Reflecting Responding
To
God’s Word

Context: Matthew 26

Focus: Matthew 26:31-35

““You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'” Matthew 26:31

 

Summary: On the way to the Mount of Olives, Jesus told the disciples they would all desert Him as written in the scriptures.

“God will strike the Shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

But after being raised from the dead He told them He would go ahead of them to Galilee and meet them there.  However, Peter told Jesus that even if everyone deserted Him, He would not.  But Jesus told Peter that very night He would deny Him, three times saying he did not even know Him. This would take place before the rooster crows.  Peter insisted He would not deny Him even if it meant his death, and all of the disciples vowed the same.

Reflection: It was in Peter’s heart to follow Jesus even if it meant His death. How many of us feel the same way.  But as scripture has pointed out,

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

I can relate so many times, even when in casual conversation, the Holy Spirit has prompted me to speak up and proclaim the Word of Truth. But instead, I grieve over the many times, I was silent as I walked away, as  though to proclaim, as Peter did,
“I do not know my Lord.”

CR- Zechariah 13:7, Mark 14:27, John 16:32,
Matthew 26:56, Isaiah 53:10, Matthew 26:41

My Prayer: Lord, the time has come to proclaim you and your Word, without holding back. I know as I seek this with all my heart, you will strengthen me to overcome my flesh.
Thank you, Lord you restore us and we learn in the refining fire, how to overcome because you first loved us. “And you will turn your hand upon the little ones.” Zechariah 13:7
John 21: 15-19,

 

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Eat All of It

“His Abide”
Reading Reflecting Responding
To the Word of God

Context: Matthew 26
Focus: Matthew 26:26-30

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and broke it into pieces after blessing it and gave it to the disciples, saying, Take this and eat it. This is my body. And He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it.   He gave it to them and said, All of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and His people.  It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.  Then He said, mark my words, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.

The bread and blood is symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice and more. Jesus offers up His Body and Blood to all Who believe. He expects us to partake of it all, not part of it, but all. When the devil tempted Jesus to turn the stones into bread, Jesus said that “man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God”.

The bread is His Word. Jesus is the Word, and we are cleansed and nourished by partaking of Him and applying His Word to our life. This is how we grow.
(Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3, Ephesians 5: 25-27, 1 John 1:7)

CR – Luke 22: 14-20, Luke 24: 30-32, 1 Corinthians 10: 14-17, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-29, Mark 6: 39-41, Acts 2: 42-47, Matthew 14:19-22, John 6: 32-40,

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“You Have Said It”

“His Abide”
Reading Reflecting Responding

Context: Matthew 26
Focus: Matthew 26: 20-25

“Judas, the one who would betray Him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?
And Jesus told
him, You have said it.”
Matthew 26:25

When it was evening, Jesus reclined at the table with the twelve, and while they were eating, Jesus told them one of them would betray Him. This caused them great distress and so they each addressed Him as Lord, asking,  “Am I the one”. He then explained what the scriptures have declared, long ago, will happen,  the Son must die.
He identified the betrayer as the one who would dip his bread with Him in the same bowl. Jesus then said, “But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays Him, for it would have been far better if the one who betrays Him were never born.”  Then Judas addressing Him, not as Lord, but as “Rabbi”, also asked , “Am I the one?”, and Jesus replied,
“You have said it.” ( my emphasis)

Sometimes, by what we say or ask we reveal what is truly in our heart.  It is interesting to note there was a time the disciples would address Jesus as Rabbi. However, after three years of hearing Him teach, preach and perform miraculous signs, they developed an intimacy with Him which opened their eyes to the Truth. He was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God,  the One whom God sent.  So they recognized Him, not as a teacher but their “Lord”. However,  it was different with Judas, who still referred to Him as only Rabbi.

Judas did not recognize Him as the one whom God sent, but rather a person of great influence whom he could use for his unscrupulous worldly pursuits.
And after Judas asked the deceptive question, he received from the hand of Jesus the bread, and brought condemnation upon himself.

CR- Matthew 16: 16-18, John 6:68-71, 1 Corinthians 11:27-32,
1 Corinthians 12: 3, John 3:2, Romans 10:8-10, Mark 15:2,
Matthew 7:21-23

My Prayer: Lord, unless we come to you with a sincere heart we are deceived in recognizing, you are the only One Whom the Father has sent. I,  thank you Lord, you are not only my Savior but you have become my Lord, and the only one whom I look to in directing my life.

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He Prepares the Way

“His Abide”

“Desire the Manna found by those Who rise early to Hear the Word of the Lord.” DF

Read Reflect Respond
Context: Matthew 26
Focus: Matthew 26: 18-19

“The Teacher says. My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.” Matthew 26:18

Jesus told His disciples who were to go and prepare the Passover, to look for a certain man and tell him the Teacher says His time has come and He will eat the Passover meal at your house.  The disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there.

God’s sovereignty goes before us. If He tells us to do something, you can be certain, He has prepared the way with all provision.  He doesn’t ask, He says to do, and for those who delight in Him, their steps are guaranteed to meet with success.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13

CR – Matthew 28:20, Deuteronomy 31:8, Psalm 85: 13,
Luke 19: 29-36, 1 John 2:27, Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 3: 5-6

Response: Lord, thank you for always going before us, making all provision, and preparing the way. We only need to listen to your voice, and obey.

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We All Partake of His Flesh

“His Abide”
Read Reflect Respond
Context: Matthew 26

Focus: Matthew 26:17

“On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?” Matthew 26:17

The disciples asked Jesus on the first day of the celebration of Unleavened Bread where He wanted them to prepare the Passover meal.

The Festivals of Unleavened Bread and the Passover during the time of Jesus had and has great significance as to what was, is, and will be, taking place.  Jesus was being prepared to be the Passover Lamb of God who was also the Unleavened Bread completely consumed, whereby none of His flesh remained. CR- John 19: 31-38

During the time when God led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, He told them how to prepare to leave. They made bread without yeast because they were to leave in haste. And they were to take a lamb into their home, slay it, eat it, and place its blood on the doorposts of their home. When the Angel of death, moved over Egypt  killing all their first born, the blood of the lamb protected the Israelites. The entire body of the lamb roasted was  completely consumed, “None of it was to remain”.

Deuteronomy 16:3, Exodus 12:13, Exodus 12: 1-51

Jesus spoke of His body being the bread coming down from heaven and His body and blood given as God’s sacrifice. His statement was so radical many disciples left Him. At this time He then turned to His twelve disciples and asked, if they too wanted to leave, which Peter responded:
“Lord, Where will we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

“Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53

At this last Passover Meal before His death, Jesus told His disciples again, His body was the bread, and the cup was His blood shed for them. He told All of them to eat of it.

When we partake of the Word of God, the bread, the meat, the milk, we can not choose which part we will reject and which part we accept. We must all partake of it, for it nourishes, corrects and guides us into eternal life.  By feeding on the living Word of God we become “One” in mind and spirit.
CR- Matthew 4:4, 1 Peter 2: 1-3, John 6:55, Ephesians 4: 15-16

God gave us “HIS ALL” in Jesus Christ, and held nothing back. As believers we must accept “All” of His Word, and offer up our life, not part of it, but, “ALL of IT”.
Does He deserve less?  CR – Romans 12: 1-2

My Response: Lord, remind us of how you gave your Son as the Living Word, nourishing and cleansing all who partake of His Sacrifice. Let us become one and receive all of Him so we can grow in unity in “One” Accord.  Thank You for Your Word, Your Word is Truth.

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
1 John 2:27

 

 

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