The disciples who encounter Jesus on the road are subject to an exposition that sets their hearts on fire, yet the disciples show the importance of our faith being more than just words. So many times we live a life of superficial faith when we are called to the supernatural.
There are many unfair moments in life. Jesus went through various trials and was found to be innocent, yet the mob pushed for him to be crucified. Seeing how Jesus stood firmly on the truth of God while going through this gives courage. He did not waver as he used discernment in front of the various peoples as he understood God's will. This gives us direction.
As he disciples of the early church would have councils and debates on topics and then report it to the church. This week we have a discussion around General Council and what will be happening in the coming years in terms of the discussions in the denomination. We also look at some of the vision surrounding Missions and the importance of advancing the gospel message.
After the time of prayer we see the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. We see the denial by Peter and the Israelites as well. Betrayal is a stronghold that is difficult for many to overcome, but it is also something that we are all guilty of before a holy God.
Today we look at the agony that Jesus faces while in the garden. He prays for God's will to be done and is strengthened by an angel as he wrestles through the agonizing event. He continues to be our model of what it means to align ourselves to the will of the Father.
Still at the Passover Meal, Jesus and the disciples have some interesting conversations revolving around greatness, Satan wanting to sift them, and how harder times are coming, so the the disciples would need to be faithful to what God has called them to.
As the people are marveling at the magnificence of the temple, Jesus warns them about how none of it would last. He warns them of the coming destruction and the future wars before his return. The disciples needed to understand that they were to persevere and recognize the impermanence of everything other than the word of God.