Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by your circumstances? Like totally consumed by them? Have you ever gone through something that felt so heavy that it threatened to consume you and you almost couldn't see past it?
I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache and panic Jesus might have felt as he kneeled in that garden to pray. As he begged God, his Father, to spare him the agony he was about to endure. And yet the heart of his prayer was for God's will be done. Not his. Jesus was 100% human just like us! But he was able to endure the cross because he kept his mind fixed on his Father and the joy that awaited him in heaven.
The Message Bible says it like this...
"Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed- that exhilarating finish in and with God- he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrew 12:2-3
Want to learn more?
Wednesday night April 20. 6pm. Be there.