Monday, March 11, 2024

Newbigin: following Jesus

Monday, March 11, 2024
    They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
    —Mark 14:32-34 (NIV)
    If anyone tells you that the life of prayer is one uninterrupted experience of being happy with Jesus, do not follow him. He is not a safe guide. Those who follow the Lamb know that there are stretches of darkness and loneliness and perplexity along the way, and they know that Jesus himself went that way.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Journey Into Joy, Christian Literature Society, 1972, reprint, Wm. B. Errdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1973, p. 124 (see the book)
    See also Mark 14:33-34; Ps. 22:1; 23:4; 27:1; 46:1-3; 69:13-15; 88:6-7; 118:6; 130:1-2; Matt. 26:37-38; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 15:55-57; Heb. 5:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Am I walking where Jesus walked?
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