Our Alone Time by Mark Bryan
This passage has many aspects that we have probably heard a hundred different sermons on. There is the taking up of the cross, the naming of who Jesus is, and the revelation of his crucifixion. For me, today, I am dwelling on the start of this passage where Jesus is praying alone.
We often hear about Jesus going off alone, whether that is to be with God, or in the wilderness, or to the other side of the sea/lake. In this passage, Jesus is just off to the side having a moment. What strikes me about the idea of Jesus being off to the side of “alone”, is that the Son of God, needed alone time. I feel so consumed with life at time. I have my husband, my work, my book, my friends, the prayer team, and of course God. When is my me time? When is my alone time, and what am I doing with it? I can’t imagine that Jesus was just idling during his alone time, but he could have also just enjoyed the stillness and presence of His Father. I am sure He was being mindful of God, of His work, of His plan – but he was still alone. And that alone time was good. That downtime was meaningful, and probably restorative. Our alone time can be of God and for God, and for ourselves. I think during this season of Lent can be of letting go. It is good to let go of the schedule a bit, focus on yourself in a way that helps you restore your soul and mind. Self-care can make us more receptive of God’s word and plan, and more ready to care for others as Jesus did.
Luke 9: 18-25
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’
Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?