“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; YET NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS BE DONE.”

An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and HIS SWEAT WAS LIKE DROPS OF BLOOD FALLING TO THE GROUND.”
(Luke 22:42-44) [In the song ‘Forever.’ Kari Jobe sings: “…His body on the cross, His blood poured out for us…” In this prayer Jesus is preparing Himself for this undertaking which he was now about to be involved in – the presenting of Himself as an offering for our sin. He afflicted his own soul with grief preparing for sin he was to “take on Himself” for our redemption, and temporally experience the wrath of God as a result of our sin, Jesus was willing to be a consuming sacrifice for us!] ‘The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse was broken’
“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others–one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in ARAMAIC [Hebrew], LATIN AND GREEK.” (John 19:17-20) [Because it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, all were able to read what was written; they all understood one or other of these languages, and none were more careful to bring up their children to read than the Jews generally were. It likewise made it the more significant; everyone would be curious to ask what it was which was so diligently published in the three most known languages. In the Hebrew the oracles of God were recorded; in Greek the learning of the philosophers; and in Latin the laws of the empire. In each of these Jesus is proclaimed king, and in Him are hidden all the treasures of revelation, wisdom, and power. God so ordering it that this should be written in the three then most known languages, it was indicated that Jesus Christ should be a Savior to all nations, and not to the Jews only; and also that every nation should hear in their own tongue the wonderful works of the Redeemer!] “SURELY HE TOOK UP OUR PAIN AND BORE OUR SUFFERING…he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that HE TOOK UP OUR PAIN AND BORE OUR SUFFERING!
Bill Stockham

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