HE HAD TO DECIDE ALONE
June 2014 Rainbow Mountain Chatroom
Ben: Harmoni: An
Irish friend died several years ago. He was fond of Bushmills
Irish whiskey. His son-in-law brought a bottle of it and little cups to his
interment. Our pastor is a teetotaler, but he drank the shot in honor of our
friend, and so did my wife though she never drinks whiskey.
Harmoni: Now, that's an admirable man of the
cloth...stepping out of his comfort zone to comfort others.... in a word, quite
ChristianÉ And yer wife, also....
Hummingbird: Ben: Kindness is never out of style :) Thanks for that
Yes, I was pleased that he honored our friend that way. As
you said, quite Christian.
Harmoni: Jesus was not one to avoid a drink.... recall the first miracle
at the Cana wedding... Today, they'd be bringing him bags of sugar, and
encouraging him to work his mojo
Yes, Jesus turned water into (very good) wine at the wedding in Cana. And he
instructed his disciples to remember him in sharing bread and wine.
Harmoni: The disciples tied one on at the Last Supper, Ben.... though
part of the lesson there is they were too imbibed to remain awake with Him in
His hour of need
Ben: Harmoni: No,
I don't believe they got drunk at the last supper. I believe they couldn't stay
awake in the garden because they were overshadowed by divinity as they were on
the Mount of Transfiguration.
Harmoni: ! Ben? They certainly were drinking wine
at the meal... in such circumstances, I shave with
Occam's Razor, as the simplest cut is most likely
wind: in the garden Jesus was truly alone,
going through inner agony and not one of his disciples stood by him in his hour
of greatest need. He went back to prayer and they went back to sleep
Ben: wind: His disciples could not have
helped him make his decision of absolute obedience to God: "Nevertheless,
not my will but Thine be done." Only he could do
wind: No doubt that's true Ben. Nobody but he
could make that decision but it would have been nice if his buddies could have
hung out with him when he was in need of caring and sharing
Harmoni: Well wind, we must also consider: the
disciples didn't comprehend the immanent devastation as JC did.... still, it is
a poignant lesson in the suffering of Jesus, alone.....
and also a lesson for humanity, methinks......
wind: yes it seems a good lesson Harmoni.
To me it says remember to be vigilant to the needs of others for their need may
be great. It also reminds me that when it got tough, Jesus had to go it alone
with only prayer to comfort him, and so might we.
Harmoni: Indeed wind.... We can have the support of others around
us...and even if they are responsive...as the Mary's were, and John... He hangs
on that cross, alone
Ben: wind: If they had realized what was
coming, they probably would have tried to talk him out of it, as Peter did
Harmoni: Yes Ben.... I agree
Ben: ALL: Time for me to
rest. Good discussion tonight. Appreciated. Peace and blessings to each of you.