caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.
"In Gethsemane Alone"Passage: Luke 22:39-46. This week, the world celebrates Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This word Easter comes from an error in translation and is not scriptural. Many will look at Acts 12:4 for scriptural reference but the word in Greek is pascha, which means Passover not Easter. However, it is good that many recognize His death and resurrection. It should be known that Jesus, the son of God, came down for the purpose to save sinners from their sins. Jesus, the son of God, the only one both man and God was here on Earth. In our text, He finds Himself down, yet lifted because His Father is with Him. Jesus looks into the seducing eyes of death; He is bothered by satanic temptation, yet He fights in a battle that is deemed impossible. Jesus understands that in order for His purpose to be fulfilled, He must face a cruel cross. The cross He faces is cruel because it bears the sins of all mankind. As we look at the cross of Jesus, we see that He battles to face this cross. Cross bearing the sin of homosexuality, the cross bearing the sin of unfaithfulness, this cross bearing the sin of unforgiveness and this cross bears the sin of division. The great physician Luke records Jesus preparing for what He will face, in the garden of Gethsemane. He enters knowing that Judas will betray Him. He asks the disciples to pray with Him that they enter not into temptation. The Lord finds that His disciples do not fully comprehend the things that is about to happen to their savior Jesus. In this text, Jesus states to His disciples, to pray. We as children of God, must pray because one day we will face our own Gethsemane." As Luke looks at the Lord, he sees the pain of the cross literally in the eyes of Jesus. For the moon now looks at its creator, the wind seems to cease, the stars seem to shine extra bright, the Savior at this time kneels down, thinking about the cross He is about to face. The Bible reads in Luke 22:41 as Jesus prays, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done. As we read this, we see a battle between giving up and committing. Our Lord Jesus the Christ recognizes that despite His agony, the will of God shall be done. We must look at Gethsemane in our own eyes, with the same perspective as Jesus. There will be times when we must face temptation, pain, sickness or evil men and women, but we act according to the will of the Father. The bible reads in Psalms 30:5; Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. In Gethsemane, we must face the cup that is before us, knowing that we will reap if we faint not. Christ bore the cross, carried the cross and endured the cross so that we might have life. It is your responsibility to serve the Lord all the days of your life. For the Bible plainly states: if you love me, keep my commandments. The Bible teaches that God forgives but you must be baptized into the body of Christ. If you need forgiveness, come to the Lord today. He saves. By Minister Harrell Henton