Today's reading: Matthew 26:36-46;
As we begin this Easter weekend, we're putting our reading in Joshua on hold and spending the next few days looking at passages from the Gospel accounts taking in and learning about Jesus' arrest, crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
The final hours before His arrest, Jesus goes to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. What a heavy time this is for Him. Jesus is fully aware of why He has come to earth and what is about to happen in the next few hours. He knows he is going to be arrested, beaten and mocked, and ultimately brutally crucified. And He struggles as the time for His crucifixion draws near. Mark's Gospel tells us that Jesus "began to be greatly distressed and troubled" (Mark 22:33), and Jesus says to Peter, James and John "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death" (Mark 22:34). And the account in Luke tells us that Jesus was in agony and was praying earnestly and that "his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44).
What moved my heart was the fact that even though Jesus' heart was heavy (and that doesn't even adequately describe it), He remains fully submitted to God the Father and to fulfilling His purpose.
"Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will" (Mark 14:36).
What did you see or learn from Jesus' example in these passages? What do these accounts reveal about God's love for us and His plan of salvation? Tami