You and Me, and Gethsemane-Part Two
This is the second Spiritual Nugget on the powerful message by Chuck Swindoll on Gethsemane. If you would like to listen to this message, go to: http://www2.oneplace.com/Ministries/Insight_for_Living/Archives.asp. Please note that we have added our own perspective on this message.
Gethsemane-The Oil Press
Gethsemane is where the real battles will be fought in our lives–the battle over our flesh and our will. We will be pressed and crushed to the point of feeling that our life will be crushed out of us.
The struggle for Jesus was not at Calvary, it was at Gethsemane. Please hear us out on this.
Yes, Jesus suffered will facing Herod and Pilate. Yes, Jesus suffered while being beaten and whipped. Yes, Jesus suffered while carrying the cross. Yes, Jesus suffered when the nails were driven into His body. Yes, Jesus suffered while hanging on the cross. Yes, Jesus suffered while being mocked. Yes, Jesus died on the cross. Yes, Jesus paid the price for sin when He died the second death on the cross. But when it came to all these events and ultimately death on the cross, Jesus did not struggle to do the Father's will. Jesus struggle and battle was at Gethsemane. Because He suffered and struggled at Gethsemane, he was able to do the Father's will. It is the same for us. If we will go through Gethsemane, we are more than willing to 'take up our cross'.
What is the Gethsemane Experience?
Gethsemane is when we are confronted with God's will and our will. It is when we go through some of the most trying times in our life. We will be overwhelmed with emotions. Emotions of which some will call negative emotions. However, are these emotions negative if they lead us to the Father and they ultimately help us to be more like Jesus?
What did Jesus experience?
Jesus, God in the flesh, but also fully man, experienced horrific anguish. He experienced emotions of sorrow, agony, heartache, loss, overwhelmed, all alone, distressed, troubled, helpless. Jesus experienced the dying of self. No other time than Gethsemane did Jesus fully understand what it is like to be a human being and the battle within. Hear His cry: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done." Luke 22:42
Jesus was confronted with his mortality as a man. And experienced His mortality all alone as even His best friends slept through His greatest struggle. Do we expect and want our life to be different than our Savior's? How self-centered can we be?
Don't run from Gethsemane, embrace it. Jesus entered the garden knowing the turmoil waiting for Him. He knew He had to go through Gethsemane in order to have the will power to go to the cross.
Word of advice-don't try and stop people from going through their Gethsemane. You are only doing them a disservice. True love, love like the Father of God towards His son, allows a person to go through Gethsemane-the oil press. Are you at the garden of Gethsemane? Be comforted to know that Your Heavenly Father is with you and will send His angels to minister to you.
Good Easter/Resurrection links:
Easter E-Cards-over 50 e-cards
Easter Holiday Section-learn more about Easter and the Resurrection
Easter Inspirations-poems and stories
http://www.javaforjesus.com/walk.html Great Flash Presentation of Crucifixion
http://www.javaforjesus.com/easter.html This has several great flash presentations
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