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Sweating Great Drops of Blood
7/2/2015

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44 (NKJV)

When I hear a story of someone going through great distress, I find myself filled with compassion and a desire to point them to the only One who could possibly truly understand — Jesus.  I think Jesus knows more about stress than just about anyone who has ever walked the face of this earth.  For example, the great distress He suffered in the garden.  We are told in Luke 22:44 that Jesus was in such agony, His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Jesus had just asked His Father, “…if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

The cup Jesus was referring to was the terrible agony He knew He would endure — not only from the crucifixion, but even worse, the total separation from God He would have to endure for the sins of the world.  For the first time ever God would be separated from His only begotten Son because of the sin of mankind, and both of them were willing to make this sacrifice because of their genuine love for us. 

I remember speaking with my friend Jeff Egli once about God’s supreme sacrifice of His Son, and Jeff had made a statement that really captured the depth of our heavenly Father’s love — Jeff said,  The Father would have to turn His back to His Son due to the sin He (Jesus) would take upon Himself on my behalf.”  He then said, “That struck me like a cold wet slap. What kind of relationship do I have compared to that? That is what our relationship should be like...”

As I thought about Jeff’s comment, I found myself in total agreement — we should value our relationship with our Heavenly Father in the same way Jesus does.   Maybe we should sweat drops of blood when we entertain sin in our mind and regard iniquity in our heart.  Maybe we should be in anguish at the thought of having our fellowship being separated. 

Jesus died so we might have fellowship with God — by His stripes we are healed (Isa. 53:5).  When we choose to walk in the light we have this beautiful fellowship with God and with other believers, and we can be confident our sins have been wiped clean. 

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Carefully consider what God has given you through the crucifixion of Jesus.  Make it your priority to not allow anything to be of a greater value to you than your fellowship with God.  Seek to have an amazing relationship with our Father, God, our Savior Jesus, and our intimate Friend, Holy Spirit. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1John 1:7 what do we get when we choose to walk in the light?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is your fellowship with God your most treasured possession?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to search our heart and reveal anything we may be participating in that would cause a separation in our fellowship with Him.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for allowing Your Son to die for me upon the cross of Calvary.  Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to guide and lead me in all understanding.  Help me to stand fast against the enemy’s temptations this day.   In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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