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Jesus In Prayer

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By, James L. Thornton

I'm thankful to the person who came up with the idea of dividing the Bible into chapters and verses. This was done a few hundred years ago and it makes it much easier to find a certain incident and also to remember it's location in the Bible.

However in the divisions of the Bible which we have in our hands today a chapter sometimes stops before the thought, or incident has been completely finished. Such is the case in the two scriptures we have chosen for our thought today.

John 7:53. “And every man went unto his own house.”

John 8:1. “Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.”

The Book of John is so thrilling, so personal. How I wish John could have left us more about Jesus. He tells us that his story is incomplete.

John 20:30. “And many other signs did Jesus in the presence of his disciples which are not written in this book.”

Then he tells us the purpose of writing this book.

John 20:31. “But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

John wrote about fewer than 20 days in the life of Jesus.

Jesus was in Jerusalem and all day long he had been teaching and intermingling with the people. The day had drawn to a close and the last verse of chapter 7 says "That every man went unto his own house." The first verse of chapter 8 continues the theme and says that "Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives."

It was the end of one the most wonderful days in the life of Jesus. It was during one of the three great festivals celebrated yearly, the Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles.

On this particular day Jesus had met and preached to various classes of people. The congregation was divided in their opinion of him.

John 7:12. “And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: For some said, he is a good man: others said, nay, but he deceiveth the people.”

In the midst of the feast Jesus cried,

John:7:37. “…If any man thirst let him come unto me, and drink.”

38. He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39. But thus spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given: because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

The day ended in division among the people, some for him, some against him, some would have laid hold on him.

They sent officers to arrest him and when they came back empty handed they asked, "Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this." (John 7:46)

Nicodemus came to defend him (John 7:51), "Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?"

The day came to an end with, "Every man going unto his own house.

Jesus went unto the mount of olives." (John 7:53; & 8:1)

The people went to their respective homes,

To find domestic happiness,

Wife, children, supper,

And to bed for the night,

They went to sleep till another morning broke.

The Son of Man spent the night alone,

Among the trees on the hill side,

The stars looking down,

With no human companion near.

What a contrast,

Alone, loneliness

Alone, but not alone.

It is recorded that Jesus was homeless.

Matthew 8:20. And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the son of man hath not where to lay his head.”

That he desired fellowship is evident from the beginning. He sought fellowship, he called and chose men to follow "And to be with him." (Mark 3:13)

It seems that even those could not understand his mission. (Mark 8:17) They were so earthly minded.

James and John wanted the first seats with him. (Matthew 20:20-21)

Peter even at times rebuked our Lord when he spoke of his death. (Matthew 16:22) Judas, one of his own, betrayed him.

How alone he must have felt that night as he climbs Mount Olives. He who will never leave you alone, Was left alone that night along with many others.

Children loved him and flocked to him.

He could add to the joy of a simple wedding feast in a village.

He could take the sorrow from a home where sickness and pain were.

Even death itself fled from his presence.

He never turned an appeal away.

Those who knew him best,

Knew him hardly at all.

"A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities." (Isaiah 53)

Why did not someone ask him home with them?

When no earthly door would open, He went to the Mount of Olives to talk face to face with his father.

He who himself is God,

Must look up and appeal for strength.

We need to learn to take advantage of the lonely hours.

Come away from a noisy world,

Enter into silence with God.

When we learn the meaning of faith,

Of love,

Of sacrifice,

Of prayer,

We cease to be alone.

Then we cannot go home and make no real sacrifice of leisure,

Of money, of comfort, of effort, nor of commitment.

The next time you feel alone remember you are never alone when you have Jesus in your heart. 

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By, James L. Thornton



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