So he (Jesus) went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. (Matthew 26:44 NLT)
When we are threatened to death, our emotions would get to peak, our intellect would become total sharp and our will gets super strong – we get an adrenaline rush to escape with an unusual strength!
But Jesus, the Son of God knowing the time of His death yet living in the human body had to first crucify His flesh by allowing His soul (will, intellect and emotions) to be crushed.
His prayer in Gethsemane was an extreme self-denial of overcoming the ‘human strength’ and the ‘human weakness’.
By praying the will of God, Jesus defeated satan by not allowing him to torment when He went thru’ betrayal, rejection, false accusation, exhaustion, severe torture and death on the cross.
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earthand under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11
For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25
The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!
There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.
God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.
There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.
Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4
I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.
So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me. Isaiah 63:5
Unjust, prolonged cruel treatment is oppression.
If we look around there are millions and millions oppressed every day. These oppressed are innocent men and women, young and old, born and unborn.
Oppression is obvious but Governments, organizations, wealthy, neighbors, relatives refuse to help or left helpless before the oppressor.
God in His abundant mercy and compassion raise up in His power for the poor, oppressed, needy every single time!
Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior, Redeemer and burden lifter for the oppressed – not in general but personally to each person.
If you’re left alone in sickness, brokenness, nothingness, hopeless and oppressed, and none pay attention to you – please know that your Savior just stood up and has rolled His sleeves!
Your help is on the way!
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
When he (Jesus) returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. So he went to pray a third time… Matthew 26:38, 43-44
No one would be able to go thru’ what our Lord went thru’ in the garden of Gethsemane, but we all will go thru’ times of grief which would crush our souls.
It would be a time of deep sorrow while we fully know that the Lord will see us thru’, yet all may appear totally blank to us.
Christ Jesus had set here a strong example to handle such times – that we should keep going back to the Father until we surrender totally to His will for that situation.
In such times, there is no point in keep checking with those around us if they understand the intense distress you feel or have them keep watch with us. There are certain things where we are required to go all alone – only the peace of God that surpasses all understanding can come with us. Such peace comes only because of our true surrender to God’s will.
“…experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
God is more than faithful, He loves us and will be good in our lives – always!