Everyone has experienced that anxious flutter on a Sunday afternoon when a new week has arrived.
However, I was still amused at the abundance and variety of memes and articles on this topic.
Now, a small dose of lamenting is normal from time to time, but I was reminded of something today that may help us keep things in perspective.
Jesus knew on Sunday exactly what His week would bring:
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Within a matter of days, His week would take a turn that none of us would want to follow:
Matthew 26: Gethsemane
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Back and forth in prayer.
Falling on His face.
Sorrowful and troubled.
Our Sunday evening will never be more than what Jesus experienced that Thursday evening.
Even if you feel “overwhelmed to the point of death,” He has already conquered those feelings when he defeated death itself.
He has the answers you need.
So, if you’re reading this on a Sunday, or any day when dread might fill your soul for what lies ahead, take heart!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We are told in Matthew 16:24,
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.‘”
Deny is defined as: refuse to give or grant (something requested or desired) to someone.
It’s an action or choice.
What have we denied ourselves in order to follow Jesus Christ?
What part(s) of our life have we actively chosen to change so that it aligns with God’s Word and not with this world?
I made this note in my Bible seven years ago. I don’t know who said it or where I was, but it serves as a convicting reminder:
As we face any new day…
We choose to walk in fear or faith, but the two cannot coexist.
- We can walk in the same power of the resurrection (despite the cup we bear). We can walk in faith even when we cannot see. We will take up our cross and follow Him; or
- We will drag our feet into a new week, shackled in fear, unbelief, dread, bitterness, anger, betrayal, denial, etc., therefore allowing the clanging of our chains to spread a message of despair to everyone around us.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
When I was young, my grandfather would sometimes tell me I had to be a “tush hog.”
In the South, in 1986, this meant I had to be tough and not wallow in my circumstances.
We have a lot of feel-good, encouraging, cutesy messages available to us, and I do subscribe to those, but there are times we need to pull up the bootstraps on those shoes of peace and remember He died to save us from such constant despair.
Rise Up – Andrew Peterson