The Inside Column 13/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Last weekend if you headed over to countdown around middle of the day you would have met some of the young people who come along to our drop-in group, selling sausages and bacon ‘n’ egg sandwiches. They were a good price and I just had to try and bacon and eggs just to check… confirmation – they are delicious! It was great to have some of these young people fundraising for some activities that they were keen on and interacting with members of the public in a positive way. At one stage eight of them were working together in unison to produce delicious moments for others! I can recommend the bacon & egg sammy!

– Jonathan

 

In the passage we are looking at today Jesus takes his closest disciples and goes to Gethsemane to pray. Mark emphasises the great distress that Jesus is experiencing as he anticipates the approaching ordeal of the cross. The disciple’s inability to “stay here and keep watch” foreshadows the impending abandonment that Jesus will experience on the cross. Earlier in the chapter, at the Last Supper, Jesus declares that “this is my blood of the  covenant, which is poured out for many.” The meaning of these words that are so familiar to us, do not have the same impact on the disciples at that point in time. He alone knows the agony that lies ahead for him and this is what he wrestles with here at Gethsemane. The blood of the covenant is his blood. Mark attempts to convey to us just how much it cost Jesus to go to the cross.

In our creeds we declare that Jesus is “God… made man” and for theological purposes it is important that we don’t try and separate out the “human” Jesus from the “divine” Jesus.

However I think it’s fair to say that is one of the times in the Gospel story that humanity of Jesus is most evident.

Jesus prepares for the ordeal ahead of him by praying to his Father. It is through his prayer that he acquiesces to the Father’s will. It is a good reminder for us that it is through prayer that we align our lives with God’s will and it is through developing our intimacy with God that we are strengthened for the work that he has called us to do.

 

– Victoria

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