Sunday, January 2, 2011

Danger Zone?

Mark 14: 32-40

 32-34They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, "I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me." 

 35-36Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: "Papa, Father, you can—can't you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?" 

 37-38He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don't enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don't be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire." 

39-40He then went back and prayed the same prayer. Returning, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open, and they didn't have a plausible excuse. 

Heavy stuff.  I have been thingking for a bit about a couple of things from this text.  First,  I really wonder what the "dreadful agony" is he went through, and what the diciples were thinking while watching him.

Second, I wonder what Jesus meant when he tells them to stay alert to not enter the "danger zone".  What is this danger zone?

Third, I never realized he went back to pray the same prayer...the prayer asking god His will, but to take the cup away.


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