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Trying to think about life and how God makes it full

Temptation in The Garden, Part 1: Mark 14:32-42

Temptation was at hand, even in the last hours of Jesus’ life. He didn’t want to go through with the Cross, but he submitted himself to God’s will. Then poor old Peter got it in the neck on behalf of the others, when Jesus found them asleep. He told them to keep awake and pray so that they don’t fall into temptation.

There’s something about being alert to temptation, and being alert and alive to God’s will, even in the face of death. I wonder if I would’ve done any better than Peter, James, and John if I had been there in the Garden with Jesus. They would’ve had a few glasses of red wine at the meal beforehand and were probably feeling the effects of it late at night. I bet they started off in an attitude of prayer, fully intending to pray in solidarity with Jesus – especially when they could see he was so distressed.

Someone else’s pain is never as close as your own. Therefore, its natural that we don’t respond to someone else’s pain in the same way as we respond to our own.

But that’s where God is different to us. He responds to the pain of the world in such a way as to make the world’s pain his own – he feels and suffers along with the world.

Jesus feels the stress of my pain. He is greatly distressed in the Garden, exceedingly sorrowful at the thought of taking upon himself the sin of the world with all its madness and corruption, and because of it, himself becoming separated from his heavenly Father.

Consequently, he has the very human response of wanting God to take it all away from him. And he also has the deeply spiritual response of submitting his will to God’s, and actually going through with it.

Jesus had a big enough sense of purpose to carry him through the temptation, submit himself to God, and complete the task.

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February 27, 2007 - Posted by | contemplative, god, jesus, religion, Temptation, wisdom

2 Comments »

  1. Sometimes I wonder if the “prize set before him” namely my, somtimes, sorry carcass was enough. In return all he asks for us is our love for him and for others,amzing doesn’t seem quite big enough to describe it, does it?

    Comment by markrmorris2 | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. not really, no.
    but the result of loving him and others is a changed world full of transformed human beings – and that’s a pretty big prize!

    Comment by revtc | February 27, 2007 | Reply


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