Gethsemane Prayers

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Today's reading: Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22:39-46; Mark 14:32-42

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

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We too must have our own "garden of Gethsemane." Jesus has left us an example to follow. We can not die for our sin, Jesus has done that, but we can and must die to sin that we may sever GOD faithfully the rest of our lives.
God never gives us anything that is easy, especially dying to self and taking every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ, these are is just a couple of examples.
As one who is 61 and have been in a wheelchair paralyzed since 13, I live in chronic pain 24/7 I have come to know life is not easy but I'm thankful for the LORD who is my example of perseverance. Not my will but Thine be done is truly the key.
Thanks for today's devotional.

I believe that Jesus' great agony in the garden was due to the fact that He knew that for the first time in all eternity He was going to be away from the presence of His Heavenly Father. (My God why have you forsaken me)

Additionally the disciples could not even keep watch with Him. I do not think that anyone has ever been as alone as He was at that moment in the garden.

The fact that God allowed His son to go through this and He Himself must have agonized greatly is full testimony to the great love that He has for us. Obedience was also a major example set by Jesus as despite it all He was prepared to do His Father's will.

All things are possible for God but this must have been the best way for Him to deal with the issue of salvation once and for all. The shedding of Christ's blood is for eternoty.

May God continue to bless and keep you Dan and thanks for your encouragement. I am 63 and undergoing some health challenges now.

Christ, in response to overwhelming mental and spiritual anguish, experiences in his human body what could be described as the ultimate anxiety attack, yet is fully submitted to the Father and without sin. I'll just leave that there for everyone to consider for further evaluation. :-)

Jesus' commitment to the Father's will and glory above all sets the example for us. Despite Himself, He seeks the Father's will over His own.

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