Sunday Morning Podcast March 29, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: LUKE 22:39-46 

39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40  And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45  And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46  And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

People often, when coming to the message of this scripture, see it ultimately as a good thing.  And so it is.  Many though, may not grasp the great cost Jesus suffered.  It was that great cost that brought a relationship between man and God, as it’s merciful rewards. This time close to Easter, is a reminder of this momentous message.  It entails taking a step of certainty …to uncertainty.  In the beginning it can seem that we pretty much know where we are in life. Certainty in being “self protective.”  But when we come to Christ, it takes faith to step into a life we are yet uncertain about, …at that moment.  It takes surrendering ourselves.  Out of our comfort zone.  This is the example Jesus left.  Agonizing in the garden.  Giving His ultimate sacrifice willingly, …painful as it was.

God the Father gave His Son Jesus, the strength to keep on. (Verse 43).  The strength for the agonizing, to not try to escape it.  It took determination to suffer the pain. (Verse 44).  The purpose of our own determination, in the pain of our spiritual trials, is so others may be led to Salvation.  Through the sacrifice of our self.  To love others more than our personal self concerns. The first commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord with all thy heart, mind and soul.”  The second is like it. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37,39)  The third or  “new” commandment is: …”That ye love one another as I have loved you,”… (John 13:34).  What happened here to Jesus….(the need to sacrifice His very life) is symbolically (and sometimes literally) what those who serve Christ also need to do. Full surrender, through all those painful and difficult times. It is for the benefit of others, that they might also find life in Jesus. It takes willingness, and determination, through the agony it sometimes brings.

Are you willing to suffer in the garden of agony?