Jesus receives strength

Jesus, the messiah, God made flesh, showed a whole range of emotions. He was angry when He turned over the tables in the temple and cast out the money changers. He proclaimed that His house would be a house of prayer. He was welcoming and loving to many, especially the children that the disciples tried to keep away. He was merciful to the women found in adultery and the unpopular tax collector Zacchaeus . However it was in the garden of Gethsemane that Jesus came face to face with the terror of being a human sacrifice so that the world may be saved. He knew he was going to be killed in the most horrific way. However the scariest event to come might have been the necessary separation He would feel on the cross when the full weight of humanities’ sins would be upon Him. This is when He said,

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus Had never felt apart from the father his entire existence from the very beginning as related both in John and Genesis.

John says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)In the same chapter he also says “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) This is Jesus.

We get another clue of Jesus’ eternal past with the father in Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” That “us” includes the father and the son.

Jesus Knew he would be forsaken, spat upon, beaten whipped, forced to ware a crown of thorns, and left to die on a cross. (Matthew 26:57-Matthew 27:50) In Gethsemane Luke reveals that even Jesus received the necessary comfort and strength from God to soldier on.

An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:43-44)

Through prayer and the Father’s support Jesus was able to complete the greatest mission ever, the way of Salvation for all Humanity. We too can soldier on under the most horrific circumstances through prayer and God’s support.

It is now up to us to believe and we will reap a great reward, not only strength and support through difficult times, but the greatest gift of all, our Salvation.

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