Teen Devotion

A St. Valentine's Day Massacre Lesson for Us

Read Mark 14:32-40

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

- Mark 14:38

On St. Valentine's Day, we think of roses, chocolates, romance, and love! Many people are not aware of a terrible incident that happened on St. Valentine's Day of 1929 in Chicago. Planned by Al Capone and hired henchmen, seven rival gangsters from George "Bugs" Moran's gang were brutally murdered. All of the carnage came from rivals positioning for power and prestige. Al Capone instantly became nationally-known. As shocking as the massacre was, both Moran and Capone had tried to kill one another for years. However; one snowy winter's day, Moran's men ignored the warnings and lost their lives.

Upon examination of Mark 14, we find that another atrocity of unbelievable proportions is about to take place. Innocent, holy, lovely, and helpful, Jesus is about to be falsely tried, executed, and crucified--for crimes He did not commit. However, what is glaring about the Garden of Gethsemane scene that evening is a great lesson for us. Sleeping disciples: drowsy from self-absorbed living and misfocused priorities, those who should be relying on Christ the most and supporting Him most ardently are unable to stay awake when they have already been told to "watch and pray." To keep the watch is to focus. To keep proper watch and be most alert means to meditate and worship in prayer, earnestly and with a sense of urgency.

The lesson we can learn on this St. Valentine's Day is to remember Satan's attempts to tempt you into rebelling against Christ may not always come by alarm and noise but by a simple choice to sleep in selfishness instead of keeping alert to holy living.

Dave Hansen
Immanuel Baptist Church

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