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โ€œThe Gethsemane Prayer: Part 2โ€

๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐“Š๐“‡๐“ˆ๐’น๐’ถ๐“Žโ€™๐“ˆ ๐’ซ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“Ž๐‘’๐“‡: 8/4/2022

๐’ฎ๐’ธ๐“‡๐’พ๐“…๐“‰๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’: Matthew 26: 36-56

๐’ฏ๐‘œ๐“…๐’พ๐’ธ: โ€œThe Gethsemane Prayer: Part 2โ€


๐’ข๐‘œ๐‘œ๐’น ๐’œ๐’ป๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ด๐‘œ๐“Š,


Three weeks ago today, I published Part 1 of the Gethsemane Series that Iโ€™ve been studying. However, it was never my intention to have this large gap between the first two parts. With that said, and with an entire Tonsillectomy later, here I am. ๐Ÿ˜ท


As the scripture tells us in Romans 8:28, โ€œAll things work together for the good of those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose.โ€ I believe, Part 2 was uniquely meant for today.


For weeks leading up to the surgery, I silently suffered in anguish, distress, and uncertainty. Why? Because of all the adult horror stories of grown people getting their tonsils removed! Thatโ€™s why! It wasnโ€™t due to a lack of faith in my relationship with God; it was because of my human nature that I allowed doubt and fear to set in. Yes, I said doubt. And Iโ€™m okay admitting that.


This may not be a big deal to some, but Iโ€™ve never been scared of much in my entire life. Nonetheless, I was afraid of this particular procedure. I noticed as the weeks and days closed in, my appetite changed, my demeanor changed, my attitude even changed. Not negatively but more quietly. What was it all for? I changed because of the fear of pain. Now, at any point, I could have canceled the procedure but I chose not to.


What were my issues or symptoms for scheduling a Tonsillectomy? Well first, for 20 years I had recurring tonsillitis. A second reason were the unrelenting tonsil stones. Lastly? I was tired of being sick. But I knew I had to make a decision. And that decision was to go forward without looking back.


May I be honest? I was definitely afraid of the horrid healing pains. I knew I would suffer (temporarily) on the road to recovery. I knew I wouldnโ€™t be able to eat or sleep. And man!! Correct I was! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคง But I survived. Day 5 through Day 8 were excruciating painful days. Today is Day 11. Praise God for progress!


Iโ€™m still healing, still having after effects, but Iโ€™m living. As the scripture says in Psalm 30:5, my motivation (was knowing) and (is knowing) that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning! I knew the sacrifice of temporary pain would bring a forever gain.


So back to the โ€œGethsemane Prayer.โ€ In Part 1, I asked you to study and review the scriptures, as I also have. For Part 2, in particular, I want to focus on Matthew 26: 38-39. In verse 38, Jesus says, โ€œMy soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to deathโ€ฆโ€ and in verse 39, the scripture says Jesusโ€ฆ. โ€œWent a little farther and fell on his face, and prayedโ€ฆ. O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.โ€ (Side note) My God, I just love how Jesus always placed the Fatherโ€™s will above His own.


Why was Jesus in such anguish? Why was He distressed? What was troubling Jesus?


What I love most about Jesus is His humanity. No, He committed no sin. However, God allowed Him to experience life on Earth. God allowed Jesus to be tempted. So there is no sorrow that Jesus canโ€™t relate to or understand.


Jesus was anguished because of the pain and betrayal He would soon endure. He saw what was to come. Jesus was distressed due to the ultimate assignment. And I do mean THE ultimate assignment of the Cross. Jesus was troubled because He could see the torture and torment that He would suffer for OUR sins. He had no sin. He took the burden of the cross for us. Ugh! They crucified a perfect being. ๐Ÿ’”


Donโ€™t get it twisted though. At anytime, He could have quit the mission. But Jesus knew, prophecy from the Old and New Testaments, had to be accomplished.


Look at Matthew 26:54. Jesus said, โ€œHow then could the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?โ€ By completing the mission, four (and more) major prophecies were fulfilled.

  1. The Messiah was rejected. (Isaiah 53:3)

  2. Judas betrayed Jesus. (Matthew 26: 14-16)

  3. The Chiefs and Elders seized Jesus. (Matthew 16:21)

  4. His Disciples fled. (Matthew 26:31)

Jesusโ€™ prayer in Gethsemane, which means โ€œoil pressโ€ and determined by scholars to be a grove of olive trees (more on this in a separate entry), did not mean He wanted to abort mission. It simply meant He experienced real emotion, transparent thoughts and relatable anguish. It displays, even more-so, the persona of God and the persona of Jesus Christ.


There was no other way for the Slain Lamb to sacrifice His life. His blood had to be shed. His hands and feet had to be pierced. The crown of thorns had to be placed on His head. The symbolism of His blood ๐Ÿฉธ shed on the Cross was for us. We could have never done for ourselves, what Jesus did for us.


Yes, the Father couldโ€™ve allowed the cup to pass from Jesus (Matthew 26:39). But God is not a man that He should lie. 700 years before the Crucifixion of Christ, it was predicted that the Messiah would come. The Crucifixion was in the mind of God for a very long time.


Where do you think any of us would be today without His sacrifice? I love how Angels came and ministered to Him though. God did not abandon Jesus in His distress. He sent Angels to comfort him. Iโ€™m comparing Apples ๐Ÿ to Watermelons ๐Ÿ‰ (I felt oranges ๐ŸŠ were still too close) but God did not leave me in my anguish either. Instead He sent me an army of prayer warriors, resources, and tools to comfort me during my healing.


Father God in the name of Jesus, thank You for comforting us through lifeโ€™s difficult moments of anguish and distress. We will face tumultuous times but we know that You will continue to love us and care for us. Thank You God for not always allowing the cup of assignments to pass us; but thank You for being with us through the worst of it. Thank You for the Slain Lamb, which is Jesus the Christ. I thank You today God for my salvation. Use me and others to bring glory to the Cross. Use us to Glorify You, to Glorify the Son, and Your sweet Holy Spirit.


Itโ€™s in Jesus name, we pray. Amen.


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I would love to pray for you and pray with you.


๐ฟ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’,


๐ฟ๐’ถ๐’น๐“Ž ๐‘€๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐’ธ๐’ถ

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