Easter: Heavenly Help

Steve —  3.30.2010 — Leave a comment

So, it’s Easter week and like any good Christian, I heard about something cool regarding Jesus from my wife and decided to blog about it. She was reading the account of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before He is to be crucified.

So, it was probably late Thursday night or early Friday morning and Jesus had taken His boys into the garden while He got away to speak to His Father. During His prayer time, a visitor arrives:

41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 saying, Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (color added) [Luke 22:41]

An angel from heaven comes to STRENGTHEN Him while he prays. Have you ever prayed so hard that you needed heavenly help to continue?

The account in Mark [Mark 14:32] shows Jesus praying in three distinct sessions before Judas came and John’s account states that Jesus would come to this particular garden often to pray [John 18:2].

Matthew’s account states that Jesus was praying the same thing – “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done. ~ Matthew 26:36” – in each of the three sessions and states that at least one of them was for an hour.

Putting all of these together, we see several things:

  1. Jesus wanted his closest disciples with him to help ensure that he wouldn’t be disturbed and to witness what would happen afterward.
  2. Jesus earnestly prayed to see the Father’s will be done and not His. This is interesting because Jesus IS God – why such a conflict? Two thoughts on this:
    • Jesus knew that in order to pay for humankind’s sin, He would have to be completely separated from His Father and the thought of that was gut wrenching
    • Jesus also knew how hard it would be for His disciples to watch what was about to happen – empathy and compassion can be incredibly hard emotions
  3. Jesus’ prayers were so important and intense that God had to send an angel to strengthen Him.
  4. Jesus confidently marches toward His death after His time of prayer. This signifies that He has complete peace about the process that is about to happen.

May we all understand fully that this time of year is a reminder of the most important decision a man has ever made in the history of this world and how our lives have been changed because of it.

And he was parted from them about a stone’s cast; and he kneeled down and prayed,42 saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.43 And there appeared unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.

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