I have attached a photograph to this article and entitled it “Sleeping Dude.”
Sleeping dude could be a part of the Easter story. As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he asked the disciples to watch and pray. They fell asleep. The same thing happened again; Jesus asked them to stay awake while He prayed. They slept. When the Romans showed up to arrest Jesus the disciples were once again rubbing sleep from their eyes. The disciples had the gift of falling asleep at the most inopportune times.
They were sleeping on the Mount of Transfiguration according the Gospel of Luke. They were awakened by the bright light and the visitation of Moses and Elijah. So as Jesus is transfigured the sleeping dudes were there. Luke writes about them becoming “fully awake” after all the good stuff had happened.
Sleeping dude was at the resurrection. Sleeping dude was the first witness of Easter. Matthew wrote, “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it….For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.” The punishment for a Roman soldier falling asleep on duty was death. So the soldiers had a problem explaining to their superiors who rolled the stone back from the tomb’s entrance. Can you hear these soldiers making the angel report? It was likely easier for them to face death and confess to being “sleeping dudes.”
The book of Acts records the story of another “sleeping dude.” “Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.” The story has a happy ending, he was not dead, just had the wind knocked out of him. It reminds me of a funny long winded preacher story.
A preacher was on program at a district convention to preach for twenty minutes. The other preachers from the district were sitting behind him in the choir section, giving him moral support and throwing in an occasional “Amen” to help the preacher along. The preacher preached his twenty minutes and continued on despite allotted time. He preached for 30 minutes, then forty minutes and then for an hour. He even continued for an hour and ten minutes. Finally, a brother sitting on the front row took a song book and threw it at the preacher that was still going strong in his message. The preacher saw the song book as it was hurled his way and he ducked. The song book hit one of the preachers sitting in the choir section. As the man in the choir section was going down, you could hear him say, “Hit me again, I can still hear him preaching!”
“Sleeping dude” was at the last Natchitoches Parish Council meeting.
Was he sleeping or praying? The meeting needed prayer. I think it might have been too noisy to sleep.
“Sleeping dude” was actually texting a request for information about a coming agenda item. I know him because I am he.
This article could go several directions at this point, but you might be bored and become sleeping dude or dudette.
I’ll simply say, “He is risen.”
And you respond…..