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It seems we all occasionally put some things off until later then we read the Bible we learn this problem is not new. In Luke 9:61-62 we find, "And another also said, 'Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.' But Jesus said to him, 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'" People are still making excuses today for not following Christ. Studying God's word, obeying the truth and following Jesus needs to begin today.
the Tale.... Imagine! You’re running through a jungle, being chased by a ferocious tiger, and suddenly you come to a cliff.
Being the resourceful person you are, you notice a vine hanging from the side of the rock face. You grab ahold of it, and begin to climb down.
You think you’re free from danger, but just then, on the ground below, you see… another tiger. Yikes!
And to make matters worse, a mouse has crawled out of a small opening in the side of the cliff, and begun to chew the very vine you’re hanging from.
So, you’re stuck. You can’t go up or down and you’re running out of time...
What do you do?
This is actually an old Buddhist tale used to teach young monks a valuable lesson — and it’s got a surprise ending.
You see, in the original story, the man trying to escape the tigers notices something while he’s hanging from the vine…
There’s a large strawberry growing from a crack in the side of the cliff.
And in that moment, he reaches out, plucks the fruit from the crack, eats it, and says...
And that’s it. That’s the end of the story.
Now, while I admit it’s a strange ending — when you hear the lesson it’s meant to teach, the tale begins to make sense.
You see, the man was able to take a moment during this extremely stressful scenario to pause and experience a bit of pleasure and gratitude.
The lesson here is that life is full of stress-inducing obstacles — there’s no avoiding or changing that fact.
But what you can change is how you REACT to those obstacles.
The disciples had followed Jesus’ instructions and prepared the Passover meal in the upper room. As evening had come, all the disciples and Jesus were gathered in the upper room together ready to eat the Passover meal.
Where were their minds? What were they thinking about? If this was the Passover meal, then it probably began about [6 pm] Exodus 12:6. … "between the evenings” ... and would have ended sometime after midnight Exodus 12:29. “…At midnight the Lord struck all the firstborn …”. This was their memorial meal; they could be thinking of all the things their nation had been going through. How God had saved them many times. He had given them great Kings, and Prophets. How He had sent them into captivity and brought them out again. And returned them to subjugation under the Romans.
We know there were some moments of discomfort for some of them. When Jesus began to gird on the towel and prepared to wash each of the disciples feet. When they began arguing over which one of them was the greatest? When they wanted to know which one of them was going to betray Jesus? These are the things which they were thinking of that we know about were likely things. What else crossed their minds we can only guess?
What are we thinking of as we prepare to take part in this memorial meal. Are there distractions on our minds? Or are we mentally ready to eat the bread & drink the cup? Lets get ready as we go to God in prayer… giving thanks for what He has done for us.