Saturday, April 28, 2012

Participation - Cathy Vinson

Gethsemane offered several levels of participation for the Disciples.

Sit. This was all that was asked of the remaining eight disciples. The Lord asked them to sit while their Lord entered His anguish. "Sit here while I go over there to pray" (Mt 26:36).

Stay and watch. Closed in with His closest disciples, His condition began to become apparent..."He began to be sorrowful and troubled." His deepest feelings were expressed to them, mere men. To them, He said "Stay here and keep watch with Me" (Mt 26:38).

Watch and pray. In the heaviest, most ponderous moment, the call came for keenest alertness of spirit, not only to sit, not only to stay, but "watch and pray that you will not enter into temptation" (Mt 26:41).

Their moment had come to protect themselves from the coming danger. They slept and rested, leaving themselves open to the prey of denial and desertion (Mt 26:45).

What does He ask of us today? For us to sit? -- then we should sit...maybe watch the trees blow in the wind. A word may or may not come, but we have watched with Him.

"Which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to SEE or to HEAR?" (Jer 23:18) Let us at least stand to see or to hear whether a word comes or not. "Who has listened and heard His Word?" (Jer 23:18). Who has heard when the word comes?

Cathy Vinson

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