Mark 13:33-37 - Be Alert! *
Four of Jesus' disciples asked Him privately about the end times, one of the disciples being Peter, so Jesus began to expound to them. He wrapped up His discourse by encouraging them to "keep on the alert," to be in a position of "readiness" so that when Jesus does come back they won't be caught off guard. He tells them the parable of the man who puts his servant in charge of his house and put a special doorkeeper at the entrance of the house with the order to stay on the alert. Why? Because you don't know when the master of the house is coming back and you don't want him to catch you sleeping, which would reveal to him that any thief could have broken in and stolen his stuff. Jesus expounded further and said that the master may come back "at midnight, or when the rooster crows.......and he may come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!'" (I'm sure when he mentioned a rooster he had a nice long gaze right at Peter!)
Jesus was teaching them before He would test them. Three of these disciples were the ones Jesus chose to go into the Garden of Gethsemane with Him and were the ones that kept falling asleep when He asked them to keep watch, the very thing He had just taught them about. Often times when Jesus teaches you something there will come a time of testing to see if you really "got it." Peter specifically was tested even further when Jesus told him that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed, the very thing Jesus had just taught him about. Jesus gave Peter the formula for "not" denying him before a rooster crowed - Be Ready! Keep Watch! Stand in a position of readiness.
Peter failed because he was more concerned with comfort than he was with being ready - he not only kept falling asleep but he warmed himself by a fire with was in company with the wrong people. He had already used the wrong weapon (when he cut off the person's ear) and now he's hanging with the wrong people. This all set the stage for his great denial. Bad just moved to worse for Peter. All of it happened because he didn't heed Jesus' instructions to "be ready."
If my 7 year old son punches me in the gut when I'm not expecting it I will find myself on the ground doubled-over, gasping for air and telling him what I'm going to do to him when I get up!! But if I tell him to give me a shot in the stomach and then I brace myself, tightening my core as tight as it can go, I'm going to be able to handle multiple shots from his little fist. This is the position of readiness that Jesus is talking about. Stand like this in spirit and you will find that you won't be caught off guard ever!
This teaching of Jesus to these four disciples happened two days before the testing took place. He told them what to do and now it was time to put His teaching to the test. They all failed. None of them were "ready." Yet they all were the ones that Jesus built His church on. Praise God for His redeeming power and the way He uses weak vessels to hold extraordinary treasure!
(Matt 24 & 26 covers this same story)
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