1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”. (Mark 14:1 – 2)
37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. (Luke 21:37 – 38)
Today we focus on an important practice of Jesus.
The passages above both relate to Passion Week. What is interesting is that on the one hand danger and conspiracy were brewing (Mark 14:1 – 2), but on the other hand Jesus would get away to the Mount of Olives daily (Luke 21:37 – 38). While the passage in Luke doesn’t say what Jesus would do on the Mount of Olives, based on other passages we know he spent time fellowshipping with his Father.
Please prayerfully reflect on the Bible passages above.
Something to think about:
What lessons do you take from Jesus’ practice of getting away even as he headed to the cross?
March 28, 2018 at 4:50 am
Jesus’s practice of “getting away” despite knowing what He would soon face should be a reminder to us that no matter what is going on in our lives, the good, the bad, the ugly, we should always make personal time with God a priority.
March 28, 2018 at 5:57 am
I believe that the time Jesus spent with the Father was where he would get his strength daily for the task ahead. This was a non negotiable for Jesus because his ‘life’ depended on it.
March 28, 2018 at 6:38 am
Regardless of how important I think the task may be, it doesn’t compare to the importance of fellowshipping with the Father. So much was going on and Jesus made time for prayer. I need to shift from thinking I need to find time for prayer and fellowship with the Father and instead make time.
March 28, 2018 at 11:37 am
I don’t expect otherwise.
March 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm
(1) My time of solitude does not have to be early morning though that’s what inspires me most as there are no distractions. (2) Time spent with God is important for me to “face the crowd.” (3) Even fellowshipping with the Father will not remove the cross but after the cross there’s the crown, not the crown of thorns.
March 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm
In His humanity and being overtaken by His enemies, Jesus resorted continually to the Father who was His strong refuge. As a Christian, it has been my experience that time in prayer increases as adversity increases because you are brought to your knees for strength, Whatever you rely on for strength that is what you will resort to in time of need.