Is Jesus Asleep?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As Jesus and his disciples cross the sea, “A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping.”  Mark 4:35-41

In Mark 4, the story of the storm is one of conflict, which produces fear in the boat. There is a conflict with nature, the storm. There is a conflict within their hearts and minds as well and they wake Jesus to ask him, ”Teacher is it nothing to you that we are going down?”

Fear is pumping through Jesus' followers and he is “asleep.” The virus COVID-19 is moving through our population creating conflict within us. In the midst of our fears, is Jesus asleep again?  While we stir, conflicted with the thought of illness and possible death. Is Jesus asleep again?   

The best thing Jesus can do for us, is to stay asleep and take a non anxious posture as we fill with anxiety.  In the story Jesus rises up and says to the storm, ”Quiet!” and then looks at his disciples and asks, “Don’t you have any faith at all?”

It is counter intuitive, but in times of greatest fear we are invited to rest in the arms of the sleeping Christ. Genesis 2:2 introduces us to the concept that there is great power when God rests.

We are a culture that likes to multi-task and stay on the go. We have now been forced into Sabbath time. I invite you to read scripture, pray, meditate, and go for a quiet walk. There is great power when we rest with God. The alternative is to ramp up the conflict within and around us by watching the news with our bias, and that will in actuality do little good.

God’s Grace Community Church (GGCC) was created for a time like this. We will have worship on Sunday morning. We are working to solve the stream issue we had last week. We were still able to get the service out via Facebook Live.

  • Men’s group will meet on Friday morning at 630am through a virtual online gathering. 
  • Staff will meet this Thursday afternoon on Zoom.
  • The GGCC website is now loaded with opportunities for you to rest and take Sabbath time with God. I urge you to give it a look. You are invited to leave prayer concerns on the website as well.
  • If I can be of service to you please let me know. My email is david.jensen@godsgracecc.com. My personal cell phone is 720-341-8766 .

Let us pray for healing and a stop to the COVID-19 virus. May those most at risk- the poor, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions be watched over by the Holy Angels.

I highly recommend you consider going to our good friend Peter Mayer’s virtual concert this Friday night for tornado relief in Nashville. https://www.stageit.com/petermayermusic/nashville_tornado_benefit_show/69459?fbclid=IwAR0TtLrX4YVgPquJVSrfEvOOb5CXOLYUNICwt9ekO3YeSmR4SVY9RdHGF1I  Take some Sabbath time by listening to music. Enjoy a great concert in the safety of your home at a very nominal price while helping other people in need.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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