In Matthew 26, Jesus goes into an olive grove called Gethsemane. He tells his disciples to come with him and to keep watch while he prays. In his prayer, in verse 39, he says, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
These verses really hit me tonight when I read them, because I have been resisting some of the changes that God and Christ are trying to make in my life. I feel like I am making progress, but sometimes I go through the day feeling like I take one step forward and then I slip up and take two steps back.
When I read Jesus’ words in this verse tonight, I felt very humbled. I have been reluctant when it comes to making some changes in my life, and yet Christ, even though he asked God for pardon if it were possible, agreed to go forward and go through the terrible torment that he suffered in order to conform to the will of God.
I have never suffered anything near like what Christ went through, yet I can sometimes be hesitant to accept my life circumstances, and sometimes even whiny and entitled. Yet Jesus was willing to walk through such brutal treatment that he knew would result in the loss of his physical life, so that he could be resurrected and show the disciples that he truly is the Son of God so that they would be inspired to spread the message of Salvation through Jesus all over the entire world.
It really puts things in perspective for me, to know that he so willingly accepted what he was sent here to do, and did so out of pure love for all of us. When I interacted with Christ while using a legal substance over a few years, he came to me as the consciousness of the Sun, our star, and wrapped me in a love so deep and merciful it defies description. It was this love that gave him the resolve to walk toward his fate to courageously and to accept the painful and cruel loss of his life by human hands.
He did this because he is heartbroken to see any of us fall into the hell realms upon our passing, and he came here to show us how to attain spiritual purification so that this does not happen. He showed us that if we repent of our transgressions and ask his forgiveness he can cleanse and purify our souls of these sins so that this does not happen. Once we do this, he and God will begin to change our lives a little at the time, leading us out of the snare of behavior that is damaging to our souls and toward a way of living that brings us closer to them, and ensures us passage into the heavenly realms to be in their Divine presence.
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