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Topic: Drip (04/25/13)
TITLE: Drops of Love
By Janet Kelly
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Jesus left His disciples to watch that day. He went deep into the Garden, His place of refuge, a place to draw away from the crowds. He must spend time with His Father on this night. His heart was heavy for He knew what lie ahead. He prayed to the Father to remove this cup (Luke 22:42 KJV) “Father if thou be willing remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will but thine, be done.”
Jesus knew He had been sent to earth for this very purpose. He was going to pay the price for the sins of the entire world. The sins of all people past, present and future would be placed on Jesus. The cup He would bear would be God the Father 's wrath being poured out on the sin of all mankind. Remember, God has already destroyed the world once through the flood because of man's sin, and also Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness. But now the time had come for full payment of sin. Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) says “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Jesus was divine yet human, and tempted in all ways as we are and felt pain as we do. He did not want to die, but He was willing to if that was the requirement. He could have walked away and left us in our guilt and sin. Instead, He goes deeper into the garden and falls prostrate on the ground and prays in agony that day. His heart was so heavy. He was wrought in anguish and grief of the soul. He cried out to the Father and began to weep, tears dripping down His face. He was struck with the fear and horror as He looked at the cup He would bear. No other human has ever experienced such anguish of souls as that which came upon our Savior. He poured out His heart to the Father! Luke 22:44 (KJV) “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Physicians tell us that it is possible for a body to lose blood in place of sweat when placed under extreme pressure. The condition is called “hematohidrosis”, when the blood vessels rupture and blood goes into the sweat glands. Jesus was under that type of unimaginable pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane. He realized the physical pain He would endure to become sin on the cross. For the very first time He would be separated from the sweet fellowship of His Father. He knew of the forth-coming betrayal by those he loved, the very ones He came to save. Overwhelmed in his mind and heart Jesus was alone, abandoned, and betrayed. But He loved us so much that He was willing to sweat blood in the place where one feels the deepest kind of loneliness. The emotional agony He suffered there was the price of unconditional, agape love. What Jesus sweats there is a lover's anguish. We can experience love like this from no one else. May Jesus' tear drops not be in vain!
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