When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. (Matthew 14:13)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. (Mark 6:45-46)
At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. (Luke 4:42)
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:16)
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6:12)
Our Feature Friday Discipline is the Discipline of the Sabbath, which does not show up in many of the books on Spiritual Disciplines. This is understandable because the topic of a specified day for the Sabbath is hotly debated in Christendom. We will not enter into the debate. Instead, as we have done with the other Disciplines we want to examine this Discipline through the lens of love.
We need to challenge ourselves to consider the habits of resting, refueling and reflecting. To discuss the Discipline of the Sabbath, we will consider a few passages (captured above) from the life of Jesus, our perfect example. Please prayerfully read the passages and answer today’s questions.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- What major point do you take away from Jesus’ example in the passages above?
- How do you practice this Discipline without becoming legalistic?