DayBreaks for 2/11/15 – Sleeping Through a Revolution

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DayBreaks for 2/11/15: Sleeping Through a Revolution

Luke 22:39 (NIV) – Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.  When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

In Luke’s account, Jesus prayed but the disciples didn’t.  Or at least, not for long, if at all. They had fallen asleep. With their heads in the clouds, they drifted off into an unconscious state. They’d just celebrated the Passover with Jesus – the highlight of the Jewish year, and they were still “in the dark” so to speak about what was happening. 

Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle? He fell asleep one day in a quiet spot on the banks of the Hudson River and he didn’t wake up for twenty years. When he went to sleep, the sign above his favorite tavern read: “King George III, King of England.” He was a subject of the British crown. When he woke up, King George was replaced by a different George – George Washington – and he was an American citizen. The tragic part was that he slept through a revolution.

While he snored, oblivious to his surroundings, fantastic, earth-shaking events had taken place. This is what happened to the disciples. They were oblivious to all that was taking place. Don’t be too critical of the disciples at this point. Many times we have our heads in the clouds, enclosed in our own little world and losing sight of the larger world, and sleep through great events. How many times are we preoccupied with our own self-importance? We become the prisoners of our own little world of trivialities.

We were created for greater things that trivialities.  We have been invited to be participants in the greatest revolution in all of history: helping fight the battle to set people free from sin and death and introducing them to the God who loves them and wants to set them free…and to eventually bring them home safely. 

We have a choice: we can sleep through “our own little world of trivialities” or we can stay awake with Jesus and for Jesus and join His revolution of peace and love.  It is easier to sleep that stay awake – but staying awake is far more exhilarating.  How do you want to spend your life – consumed with minutiae?  What will your choice be?

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/01/12 – Am I Some Dangerous Revolutionary?

DayBreaks for 04/30/12 – Am I Some Dangerous Revolutionary?

The world's most dangerous revolutionary was born in Bethlehem

Matthew 26:52-55 – “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? 54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” 55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day.”

There are so many things about the night before Jesus’ crucifixion that touch our hearts and capture our imaginations.  Clandestine meetings, friends who betray, high drama as the disciples fear for their own lives, the solemnity of the Last Supper, the wrestling in the Garden with sleep and despair.

One of the most amazing things is that, aside from the agony in the Garden, how Jesus remained so calm.  In the passage for today, Judas has just led the soldiers to the Garden where he has given Jesus the kiss of betrayal and Peter cut off the ear of the servant.  Have you ever thought about Jesus’ astounding statement: “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?”  How would you answer that question?

Absolutely!  He was dangerous to all that was opposed to God and in league with the devil.  He has led the greatest revolution in all history, so in that sense it was dangerous, but in many ways it was not because it is a revolution based on love, as demonstrated in his healing of the one arresting him.  There has never been a more dangerous revolutionary in the entire world.

The question, however, is whether the revolution that Jesus came to initiate has reached into your heart and mine.  No matter how long you have been a disciple of Jesus, there are parts of the revolutionizing of your heart and mind that have yet to be realized.  Ask the Spirit for the power to change and not to resist.

PRAYER: Lord, it is often hard for us to believe that Your plan for us is really the best or even that it is good!  Often, Your plan seems confusing and painful.  Let us trust in Your character, and Your promise, that Your plan for us to for good and to give us life and a future!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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