Scripture: Mark 13-15
Observation: I have two observations today.
1) Since I try to write a little bit ahead, I was reading this section on the evening I came back from Annual Conference. I was tired. We’d spent four days seeing people, socializing, voting, sitting, smiling, listening, worshipping, praying, and so many other things. I had gotten up for 5:45 Jazzercise three mornings. I was exhausted. And I was reading in bed. Do you know where I fell asleep during reading? Directly at the time the disciples did! It was poignant for me. They’d had a tough week too, and we both fell asleep on Jesus!
2) The trial before the Sanhedrin got to me. They were saying all kinds of things about Jesus, and no one could decide what the truth was! Some would say one thing and some another. They were crucifying him on hearsay! (I would have found him a better lawyer! HA!) In the end, he said the truth and they convicted him on his own words.
Application: Too often gossip causes problems. At Annual Conferenece, we spent a week talking about candidates for General Conference. We used information that she heard from him from them. I’m sure I spoke things I’d heard but didn’t know. Too often we go off of what we hear instead of what we know. We let drama and gossip reign and then crucify others based on hearsay. That’s what they did to Jesus. Even when we want to love and be loved, sometimes we say things we don’t mean! Gossip hurts, let us find ways to control our tongues!
Prayer: Oh Risen Christ—forgive us when we fail you. Help us to forgive others when they fail us. Take control of us, all of us, so that we may serve you with our bodies, our minds, and our tongues! In thy precious name! Amen