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  • v.41 And He was withdrawn from them (Peter, James and John) about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down , and prayed , saying , “Father, if thou be willing , remove this cup from me: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

 

Friday’s Favorite

A year ago yesterday I posted on my blog for the first time.  It was a simple song about Christmas that is meaningful to me.  I want to share it again on my “1 year bloggaversay”. 

I thank all of you who follow my blog and I pray that it brings glory to our Lord Jesus’ name; and encourages, exhorts and blesses you. ♥

WOW
~~”Worthy of Wonder”~~
 
What an amazing thing
To be a child of the King of Kings!
We couldn’t earn it; we didn’t learn it
Adoption of us is freely given
by the LORD God Himself.
 
By His grace and allowing His only Son Jesus
To die for our sin; to pardon our hearts stained within
If we open the door of our sin blackened hearts
Ask Him in to wash us clean and bright
We understand the TRUE meaning of that Holy night!
                                          ©Streim
 

Saved to Serve

Major Daniel Webster Whittle (1840-1901) was an American evangelist, Bible teacher and hymn writer. Through the influence of D. L. Moody, he entered full-time evangelism.  This is one of his many hymns…

Going forth at Christ’s command,
Going forth to every land;
Full salvation making known,
Through the blood of God’s dear Son.

Serving God through all our days,
Toiling not for purse or praise;
But to magnify His name,
While the gospel we proclaim.

Seeking only souls to win,
From the deadly power of sin;
We would guide their steps aright,
Out of darkness into light.

“Saved to serve!” the watchword ring,
“Saved to serve,” our glorious King;
Tell the story o’er and o’er,
“Saved to serve” forever more.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

There is only ONE statement made by our Lord Jesus Christ that is recorded in all four Gospels:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  Matthew 16: 24-25

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”  Mark 8:35

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:27

“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”  John 12: 25-26

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The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:16  “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”

It’s my prayer, that each new day is one in which we offer ourselves as servants to our  Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ!  Our life does not belong to us… it is HIS!