Jan 05, 2011
For Jesus, the moment came in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-44) there He wrestled with the
the question of whether he would fulfill the Ultimate act of Obedience------surrendering to the inhumane torture
of a Roman cross and ultimate death.
"If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me," pleaded an anguished Jesus,
"Yet not as I will, but as you will." (verse 39)
Here Matthew captures some of the most gripping and human words in the Gospel, words revealing a deep
fear and anguish that confirms Jesus' full humanity. Some biblical scholars say that this was the true moment
of Jesus' Incarnation----where the true Son of Man and the true Son of GOD intersected.
Jesus didn't want to undertake the brutality of the cross. This Prayer wasn't from a divine robot with computer chips
and wires. A man possessing no affinity for human life would never have sought plan B. Yet three times Jesus
prayed to GOD in isolation, pleading for an alternative plan to suffering on the cross. Three times He retreated from
His conversation with GOD to seek the fellowship of His disciples, who happened to be sleeping, Jesus the man,
facing the critical moment of His life, interacted with both GOD and Friends.
Thanks Be To GOD that fear does not triumph. Fear is surrendered to the greater will of GOD. Jesus demonstrated
that the problem with fear; fear is part of human condition. The problem with fear is when in dominates Our decisions.
So how do We as followers of GOD and the Christ, deal with fear? How do We find the Courage to
Road-Crossing situations where We are called to stretch every fiber of Our Faith? This interaction
in Gethsemane provides a model. First, Jesus prayed honestly. He did not try to Hide His fear, Deny
it, or Repress it. Jesus put it all on the table, Believing that GOD Could Handle His Prayer.
Second Jesus did not stop with prayer. Jesus confessed His anguish and fear to His closest Friends.
By inviting His community of Friends to experience what he felt, Jesus rejected the idea that truly
Spiritual people have to be super human. It's okay to be vulnerable and show weakness. Through His
struggle Jesus garnered the fortitude to Confront the hell that was coming---the soldiers, the beatings,
the rejection, the lies, and the agony of the cross. Jesus left the garden Prepared for what was to Come.
Fear is part of Jesus' story, because fear is part of human condition. So lets eliminate the erroneous idea
that people who are "strong" or "secure"in Faith never experience fear. "True people of Faith Confront their
fears, Cross the roads, Grow. and Carry On With A GOD Given Spirit InDeed.
A passage from a new book I'm reading entitled
"Why Jesus Crossed The Road" by Bruce Main
Prayers and Blessings to All Your Faithful Friend and Brother InDeed
<3 jimi (lil wing =o) <3