Scripture-- Matthew 25-Matthew 27
Observation: These were hard chapters to read. The emotion and the power of these words weighed heavy on me today. The two parts that stuck out were the Parable of the Talents and the time in the garden. Every time I read the Talents, I think, “But God, I’m not sure I can handle more. You’ve given me so much, what if I let you down.” Then I got to the garden. Jesus had just shared the last supper with his disciples. The ones he trusted. The ones who had just in 26:34 promised not to deny him. The ones who were supposed to be so good, fell asleep three times. Jesus said to them, in verse 38: "I am so sad that I feel as if I am dying. Stay here and keep awake with me." I would have stayed awake! But they fell asleep so many times. Then Peter denied him. They let him down. The ones who were given so much, let him down.
Application: Its easy sometimes to say that we are doing “all we can do”. That we are “being good’. But I know there are times I’ve fallen asleep. I know there are times I’ve rejected or denied him. I know there are times that I could be better. And I’m so thankful for his grace. That he took the cup. That he followed through on the path. Even though I’m not worthy. Even though I mess up. I hope today that you don’t leave with feelings of shame or guilt, but the love of a God who went to the cross for you! That you will always have a second chance. That God will give you more. God gave Peter more. You will get more too!
Prayer: God, forgive our betrayal. Forgive us when we fall asleep. Forgive us for being in the number who crucified you. Forgive us our sins. Let us leave this moment knowing we are loved and forgiven. Bless us not because of what we can do, but because of who you are. Because you shared your cup, and made a new promise with us. Thank you. Amen.
(edited: go to this song! It will be good with your worship!! http://www.youtube.com/embed/ILtKwWPILCo)