Chaplain’s Corner: “Sleep On”

Mat.26:20-46 we read where Jesus “sat down w/ His disciples,” the thing to understand is that Jesus handpicked all of the disciples, He chose them as individuals just like He does us today. But then Jesus shocks them all with an accusation, “one of you shall betray me.”  Then Jesus said “he that dips his hand with me in the same dish, the same shall betray me.” One has to be right next to you to dip his hand in the same dish with you. The only ones that can betray you are the ones closest to you. Jesus shocks them again with “All of you shall be offended because of me this night.” All of the disciples said “Not me Lord!” Peter said “Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended… Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.” Then Jesus take them to a place called “Gethsemane”  known as the “Pressing Place” for this is where they would press the olives to get the olive oils from the olives. As Jesus walks into the front gate He instructed eight of His disciples to “Sit here, while I go and pray yonder.” There are some places that you can’t take everybody, even other Christians. Jesus knew what He was about to enter into and He also knew that some of His own disciples were not ready for that kind of spiritual battle, so He left eight at the gate and took three with Him to the “yonder place.” That’s a place in prayer that the devil can’t get into, where sickness & disease cannot stay. “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed…” in this “yonder place” is not where you stand up or get on your knees to pray, you totally submit yourself to God, if it was good enough for Jesus then it’s good enough for me! Jesus took with Him Peter, James & John to this place because He had already taken them to the “Mt. of Transfiguration” where they saw the glory of God being revealed, they were ready for this place of pressure. He told them to “tarry here, watch & pray with me.”  Jesus come back and “finds them asleep and says unto Peter; what, could you not watch and pray with me for one hour?” We Christians today have gotten so use to two minute prayers, like “As I lay me down to sleep” or “Bless this food that we are about to eat.” We would fall asleep too if we tried to pray for one hour. But Jesus came back three times and each time they were asleep! Finally Jesus said to them Sleep on now, and take your rest, behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” Those of us that are busy about God’s business cannot wait on the others. If you need rest then “SLEEP ON.” If you can’t finish the race then “SLEEP ON.” You must realize that some people will never be what you want them to be, “SLEEP ON.” They cannot be who they are not, “SLEEP ON.” You can’t get from them what they do not have, “SLEEP ON.” They just cannot do what they cannot do, so “SLEEP ON.” Until next time, keep your face in the wind and your kickstand up. -- To be found faithful,   Pastor Ron Baptiste Founder of Covenant Confirmers Ministries Inc. Founder of Tennessee Biker Medical Clinic Inc. TN.COC State Chaplain Member of NCOM Christian Unity Council Live Services: pm


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