by Christina Farris
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41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,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.
47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. God's mercy is often not seen in times of punishment of man, and yet there times like Peter sitting in a jail cell only to have angel of the Lord open the door and bring to the road in the middle of night. This story found in the early part of Acts.There are times God delivers us from our cross for whatever reason he has in store we might not know. Yet here is his Son Jesus fixing to go to the cross, praying the garden for God's will that the cup be removed. God's mercy was to send him an angel to strengthen him.
Jesus on the way to the garden told his disciples to pray that they enter not into temptation. Christ knelt a stone throw away from his disciples and prayed. His agony, his feeling of despair, or not really wanting to go to the cross, caused him to sweat drops of blood. This is an actual sweating of blood. This is not impossible, there as been other events were someone sweat blood, it not an everyday occurrence though. Some call it a condition called Hematridous. Sigmata is others carrying or bearing the marks of Christ. This is not unusual condition but not normally seen. Condition cause by agony of state of mind or physical event.Jesus was stressed out over the events to come. He knew the price he could pay for the crime of the insurrection stated in Mark, the reason Jesus would go to the cross in government terms, not God's reason. Jesus would die to the sins of the whole world, and that is not government thing, but government had to put Jesus to death because of the crowd and have a reason too.
As Jesus pleading with God to remove the cup to show mercy in his hour, he also knows it not God's will to remove the cup and so the angel comes and strengthens him for the hours ahead of him, where he face beating, mocking, humiliation and death on the cross. He would face these things for you and me. We must remember it not only prophesied about but it come to be according to scripture prophesy.
Why does God not always remove the situation if he has the power too. He also gives time period for evil to arise, for hour of darkness to arise so that evil can be destroyed. With that in mind Judas Iscariot filled with Satan power come and kisses Jesus in the garden. Jesus says why do you come now when i was with you daily in the temple. It is so the hour of darkness might be fulfilled.
Why do we suffer because God allows it in our life from time to time? Why do we bear the marks of Christ in his suffering, not necessarily nail scarred hands, or sword in the side, but why do we suffer for faith, for standing our ground despite persecution. There is time of suffering for many people not always about faith, but tribulation of all kinds, our walk, our action on how we deal with tribulation is a witness to the lost sinners and the believer in Christ.It testifies of God's strengthen us in the storm, as well as our weakness in times of distress. Christ would feel everything in his fleshly body as we do in times of trial and oppression. His strength came from God above by messenger/angel, probably the Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised to send us a comforter the Holy Spirit.The comforter will to strengthen in times of pain, sorrow, tribulation and persecution when we ask in pray, but it does not mean always our cup will be removed from us. Talking to a lady the other day, she feels the call of God in her life, and she too, know God's anointed her, but she has not forgotten life still gives us aches and pains. The wording she uses is all wrong concerning anointing, but I am more incline to think she desires to give hope and not distress of things to come in other's life. That they can walk the road of rejoying and not bearing witness to the trial beyond the rejoicing. I happen to think if more of us would have this mind set what would the world see. Would they think we were liars, or crazy people that no long focus on the issue but the one above that will and can deliver in his timing.
Only time Jesus "complain" about the cross is the time spent on his knees asking is Heavenly Father God to remove the cup from him. Yet still saying Lord not my will but thine be done. Christ willing to go to the cross, but resistent to the the torment ahead, yet it would not be removed. Nor his need to have help carrying the cross. The human body not willing to suffer but the Spirit Christ says yes Lord I will do this for you.
Can you look at your next trial as not my will but God's will be done. I do not know the daily answer for it, though my desire is yes Lord your will not mine. Peter even understood this, because he was willing to go with Jesus, but he soon would deny knowing Jesus. See Peter was ready to fight along Jesus, he cut off the servant of the High Priest ear off, it happened to be his cousin. Yet Jesus touch the ear and healed the servant. It was time to lay down the sword and not carry it, it was time to go peacefully if possible with the soldiers. Peter would follow behind to see what was happening. Don't get to close to someone carrying a cross, don't get to close to someone bearing the price of the cross they carry, for you know not what is involved. Jesus warned Peter what was to happen, when he tried to bear Jesus' cross for him. That tomorrow story.
Dear Heavenly Father, let us accept those trials you put before us that you will not remove, with know your Spirit is with us comforting us in the storms in life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:2 Corinthians 1:1-24 KJV
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.
17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.