Terror In The Garden of Gethsemane

My Soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.  Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed… Matthew 26:38-39

Jesus’ darkest most terrifying moment ever led him to prayer.  I read these words tonight in the book of Matthew and they jumped off the pages and right to my soul.  Sweating blood, complete sorrow, and succumbing to fear, Jesus prays.  He prays for me, he prays for you.  He has been through 33 years of this thing called life and knows how hard it can be.  He identifies with us.  He has been tempted, rejected, mocked, loved, misunderstood, hungry, thirsty, and every other experience that a human can have.  But now the time has come.  Jesus must go to to the Cross.

He is truly terrified, more terrified and scared than any human has ever been, because he is about take on the sins of us all.  God is not esoteric, or a far removed from Jesus’ desperation but his only comfort.

God reigns in the most horrific and terrifying moments of our lives.  He is are able and loving Father whom we can always go to.  Moments of suffering and terror will come you way, notice I did not say “if” because to be human is to suffer, its really just a matter of when.

I pray that like our Savior Jesus we too would turn Abba.

ryan

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