A devotional thought from Christian George for “When I See the Blood…”
Put yourself in the picture. Jesus invites Peter, James, and John to go with Him up the Mount of Olives. But with bellies full of lamb from the Passover Meal, they quickly fall asleep. Jesus looks at them snoring. Perhaps they were getting Him back for the time on the Sea of Galilee when He was found sleeping beneath the bow (Luke 8:23)? “Stay awake with Me,” He says (Matt. 26:38, HCSB). Christ wasn’t asking for the world. He just wanted some company as He suffered the anticipation of His death on the following day. Earlier in the evening, He reminded them, “Tonight, all of you will run away because of Me” (v. 31). But it looked like the disciples had already started abandoning Him by drifting into a dream while He was enduring a living nightmare.
If you and I are not careful, we, too, can fall asleep while God is telling us to stay awake. The temptation is to say this: “My sins have already been atoned for. Therefore, I don’t need to evangelize. Since God has it all worked out, I don’t need to share my faith.” The problem with this line of thinking is that God invites us to join His mission. God uses us to accomplish His will in this world. Why else would He leave us in it after we are born again?
The disciples didn’t realize that another lamb had to die that night, not just the one in their tummies. His death would subject death to death itself. His sacrifice would eliminate sacrifice altogether. He was the final Passover Lamb—the Lamb of God—and all Jesus asked of His followers was for them to stay conscious and give Him their company.
Pause and Reflect:
• Do you think the American church has fallen asleep? What are the symptoms of sleep? What are the symptoms of revival?
• In what ways is God telling you “Get up; let’s go!” (see Matt. 26:46)?
• God desires our company. Not because He needs it, but because He enjoys it. When do you carve out time to be alone in the presence of Christ? How much time do you give Him?