I wept as I read Mark 14:34-36
- And (Jesus)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- v.41 And He was withdrawn from them (Peter, James and John) about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down , and prayed , saying , “Father, if thou be willing , remove this cup from me: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.
Every person needs to hear the message of the one true Gospel. The redemption provided by the blood of Jesus Christ, the “gift of God”. How will that happen? Every blood bought adopted child of Almighty God needs NOW (more than ever) to speak it/live it within their own world. The days we live in continue to grow increasingly sinful! Doesn’t take much to convince even the positive thinkers that the world is “tipped upside down and spinning wildly out of control” (taken from a book I co-authored in 1995) and today is worse! Jesus appeared to the 11 apostles after His resurrection and in Mark 16: 15 instructs them “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” That was not a suggestion, it was a commandment that wasn’t just for the 11 Apostles. It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that we are able to be “clean” before the Father. Now my tears of sorrow are tears of joy. ♥Streim