Crossroads United Methodist Church

Service Info


Reverend Jan Justice

Sunday Service
Fellowship at 9:45 am
Service and Childrens Sunday School
at 10:00 am

Welcome to Crossroads!

Thought for the week:
He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter “Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not keep awake one hour  Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”  And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him  He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come.” (Mark 14:37-41).

 Jesus had revealed to his three closest companions, Peter, James and John, how grieved he was and invited them to go with him to the Garden of Gethsemane.  He asked them to remain there with him and stay awake while he prayed.  Jesus fell to the ground and prayed and then went back to Peter, James and John, He repeated this pattern three times before Judas arrived with the Temple guards to arrest him.  Evidently the disciples had fallen to the temptation to fall asleep and I think that each of Christ’s followers ever since has the same tendency - to sleep when he needs us. 

Personally want to give the disciples some slack.  After all, it was after midnight when they started walking to the Garden.  Perhaps that is because I’ve fallen asleep myself in this same way.  There have been times that I haven’t gone to the hospital when someone was ill because I was exhausted or because I didn’t want to drive in bad weather thinking I could wait until the next morning,  On one of these times, the person died without my being there for the family.  Even though the family was not upset with me, I knew I should have been there.  In the New Testament “being awake” is used to describe being spiritually ready to do what the Lord needs.  It entail being watchful and paying attention to what is going on around us so that we can respond to the needs of others.

Have you ever, like Peter, James and John, fallen asleep when Christ truly needed you?  Are you having a problem “staying awake” in your Christian walk?  Say a prayer this week that you be given the strength to stay awake when Christ calls you in the future.

Have a wonderful week.  I hope to see you next Sunday!


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