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Sorrowful Tears become Joyful Tears

 Tears

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  • v.41 And He was withdrawn from them (Peter, James and John) about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down , and prayed , saying , “Father, if thou be willing , remove this cup from me: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.
 
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 “Abba Father” which means Daddy; in Luke’s He simply uses Father and in Matthew’s He says “My Father”.  I weep as I write this,  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.   Jesus, in all His suffering in Garden, accepted the Father’s will.  After His time with the Father in the garden, we know Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, and He was and taken away by officers of the chief priests and Pharisees.  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 experience on the Cross of Calvary 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)  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.”    Because the Father turned away from Jesus because  He bore the SIN OF ALL MANKIND!   Jesus was SIN!

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

 

Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin had left its crimson stain

He washed it white as snow

 
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What’s Love Got To Do With It? Pt. 2

jesus_woman_washes_feet A “sinful woman” bathing the feet of Jesus with her tears as He dined with a Pharisee.

Her love… devotion… courtesy… respect… tears of joy…

Luke 7:26-47 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat.  A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar  filled with expensive perfume.  Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.  When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, “This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”  Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “All right, Teacher,” Simon replied, “go ahead.”  Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people — five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other.  But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”  Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said.  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer Me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You didn’t give Me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in.  You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint My head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.  I tell you, her sins — and they are many — have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love.  But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

 

I believe not a one of us can truly perceive how precious Jesus Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the brokenhearted.   As Jesus said in Mark 2:16-17 “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eat with tax collectors and sinners, they said unto His disciples, ‘How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?’  When Jesus heard it, He said unto them, ‘They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ “  The Pharisee Simon (in Luke 7:36-47 above)  must not have been among that group of Pharisees that day because instead of rejoicing in the beauty of the woman’s repentance, his thoughts focused to her former sinful life.

Christ, by a parable, forced Simon the Pharisee to acknowledge that the greater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she ought to show to Him when her sins were pardoned.

Sin is a debt to Almighty God; and we are all sinners!  Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be more or less, it is more than we are able to pay.   Without the free forgiveness our gracious Savior  purchased with His blood and that He  freely bestows on every one that believes in Him, none of us would escape the wrath to come!

God is ready to forgive because Jesus Christ purchased pardon for those of us who believe in Him.  His gospel promises it to them, and His Spirit seals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort.

Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey Him more zealously, and more strongly to share the message of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto all around us.

The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner’s heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!

The love this woman showed the Savior represents several very important truths lacking in the lives of many Christians today.  The perfect example of why it is so important is found in the Book of Revelation regarding the church at Ephesus.

Revelation 2:3-5 ”  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.  If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent.

♥Streim