"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted." Psalm 18:46
Greetings to you from Petra!
Dear <<First Name>>,
Blessings to you and your loved ones. As we embark on this busy season, let us keep our focus on the true meaning and central person - Christ. "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice." Philippians 4:4
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From Pastor Jeff
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. [Matthew 26:42]
In last week’s message we focused on how much we could learn from Jesus as He prayed in the garden: how we are to expect great testings and we should prepare for them in prayer.
While valuable to a certain degree, that message left me feeling that something was greatly lacking. This was further confirmed through reading the devotion on November 29, from "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers, one of my favorite books. For all of our understanding that trials are to come and that one should pray is nothing new, but this is worthless and powerless without appreciating the shed blood of Christ on the cross. The agony in the garden is about Jesus, not what I need to do.
With all hell against Him; friends about to abandon Him; those He loved were on their way to betray and kill Him; knowing the sword of justice from His Father was hanging over him; with the sins of the world pressing on His shoulders; while resisting the ability to call upon all the powers of Heaven to end it all; with the knowledge of the sufferings He was about to endure on that tree coming sharper into focus; He chose to “drink” of that cup [Mathew 26:42] and, “..for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,” [Hebrews 12:2] for our salvation.
That is why I invite you to listen again to a slightly different message given on Tuesday, November 29 on Matthew 26:31-46 and then this past Sunday's teaching on Matthew 26:47-58 of His arrest. When we have a better appreciation of who Jesus is, what He endured and why, we may find ourselves automatically falling to our knees in prayer and adoration and not just think it is a good idea, for He truly is worthy to be praised!