MUSINGS – March 14, 2019 TIME ALONE…WITH HIS FATHERMatthew 14:22-23
Jesus quickly made his disciples get into a boat and cross to the other side ahead of him while he sent the people away. After sending the people away, he went up a mountain to pray by himself. When evening came, he was there alone.
Before the feeding of the 5,000 with a few fish and bread, Jesus had been trying to get away, to be alone. (14:13 When Jesus heard about John, he left in a boat and went to a place where he could be alone.) However, the crowds found him and he had compassion on them. He put their needs ahead of his own.
Now, as evening came, the crowds were gone and he sent his disciples across the sea. He climbed to the top of the mountain to finally be alone. He could now grieve over John the Baptist’s murder. He could now spend time with the Father in prayer.
Jesus knew that the time was coming when he himself would be murdered on a cross. The time was coming when the Father would have to separate from him* so that Jesus could carry all of our sin. I can not imagine the overwhelming sadness he must have been feeling. He stayed on that mountain in close communion from evening until nearly dawn** grieving, not just for John but for every person who had every lived or every would live.
On that mountain he prayed for my soul and yours. Can we not find a few minutes each day to also pray for those souls who have not heard, have not accepted that redeeming grace? We need not climb a mountain we can go somewhere to be alone with God, alone with the Father.
*Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
**Matthew 14:25 Between three and six o’clock in the morning, he came to them. Visit my daily devotions blog
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