Don’t Give In

I never noticed this before.  They are at the Mount of Olives the night before Jesus was crucified and Jesus tells Peter, James and John to ‘pray that you will not give in to temptation’.

Later, when Jesus finds them sleeping, he once again tells them to ‘pray so that you will not give in to temptation’.

Temptation to do what?  To go back to sleep?  To be afraid of what was to come?  We know how easily we can become fearful and the danger approaching the disciples was very real and deadly.  Would they be tempted to deny they knew Jesus because of the risk that represented?  We all know Peter fell into that trap, too. 

Not give in to what?  What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Don’t Give In

  1. Mark Vanderschoot

    Perhaps not to give in to taking the easy way out. It seems more difficult to do what is right than to go with what the world considers the “norm”. These men would have a huge responsibility even though they didn’t realize it at the time. Our actions have a much bigger impact than we realize.

    1. How cool to hear from you, Mark! Hope you’re doing well! You’re right about the easy way out – it can look very tempting. They were definitely given a big responsibility and we are some of the people that they impacted because of their faithfulness. I found it very interesting that I never saw this emphasis in this passage before – always something new from God! I’d love to hear more comments from you!

  2. Mark Vanderschoot

    What you are doing here with this blog is great. I have been following it and will continue to comment as I feel led. Thanks for doing this.

    1. I really appreciate the encouragement! And I really would love to hear more comments from you – what you’re hearing from God and different ideas you have. God is blowing a fresh wind of his spirit through my life this year and I’m glad you’re a part of it!

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