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Tears Wrapped in Joy (Part 1)

The Tears

I wept as I read Mark 16: 34- 36

  • And saith unto them, (Peter, James and John)  My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.  And He went forward a little, and FELL on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.  And He said , “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will , but what Thou wilt.”

Dr. Luke’s account in chapter 22 tells us

  • v.41 And He was withdrawn from them (Peter, James and John) about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down , and prayed , saying , “Father, if thou be willing , remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done .   Then in verses 43 and 44 Luke writes “And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.                   

Matthew’s Gospel 26: 37-39

  • And He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.  Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me.  And He went a little further , and fell on His face, and prayed , saying , O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will , but as Thou wilt.
The words Jesus spoke to the three disciples with Him about His “exceedingly great sorrow unto death” shows His humanity.  And His prayer to the Father in the words of each Gospel are so intense.  In Mark’s account Jesus cried out “Papa…”; In Luke’s He simply uses Father and in Matthew’s He says “My Father”.  I must say that writing this is making me weep as I write so I am not going to point out anything else here.   I  simply ask that you read these passages, asking the Holy Spirit to give you the “eyes to see and the hears to hear” all that happened in the Garden that evening. 
After His time with the Father we know Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and taken away by the Roman soldiers.  The unspeakable acts of torture, shame, brutality, humiliation, and ultimate evil He bore preceding and during the crucifixion are like nothing ever known by any human being!!  The physical pain was undeniably excruciating and the evil acts against Him, dreadful.  
Since coming to know Jesus Christ as my Savior, I’ve always said that the acts of hatred He received and the extraordinary type of crucifixion He bore was horrifying.  Yet, I believe the WORST event at that time was when:   Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying , Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?   (Matthew 27:46)  And in Luke 23: 44-45  “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened , and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.”    Why do I say this was the worst?

Because the Father turned away from Him!  He bore the SIN OF ALL MANKIND!   Jesus being removed from the Father was something He had NEVER endured!  That pain was not in His humanity~it was spiritual !!!  I , nor anyone of us, can even imagine what that was for our Savior.


Jesus gave Himself for all, so that all may have a way to the Father.



There is joy, hope and peace in knowing the Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I repented of all my sin, was washed clean by the blood of the Lamb of God-- Jesus Christ and was born again; was one of utter selfishness in every aspects of my life. I lived for ME and only me! Now I live for my Lord and soon coming King, rejoicing daily. I earnestly desire to share the message of the Gospel, encourage sisters/brothers in Christ by fervent prayer and studying the Holy Scriptures more each day. Maranatha Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

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