Years ago there was a comedy showing at the theater that was uproariously funny to most of the movie goers, yet I slid further and further down in my seat. All the hilarity and crazy antics were blanketed with impending doom. That was the day that I discovered that it doesn’t matter what the situation is, light-hearted, funny, or dark… I have an issue with impending doom.
Maybe you relate. I’m guessing that you have been in a spot where you were overwhelmed with dread. You had to face something that you absolutely did not want to face.
When we think about Jesus’ last moments on earth, we tend to think about his painful death on the cross.
Today I want us to step back a few hours before Jesus’ crucifixion….
36 Then Jesus went with the disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to them, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.”
37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons with him. He was beginning to feel deep anguish. 38 Then he said to them, “My anguish is so great that I feel as if I’m dying. Wait here, and stay awake with me.”
39 After walking a little farther, he quickly bowed with his face to the ground and prayed, “Father, if it’s possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. But let your will be done rather than mine.” Matthew 26:36-45
“My anguish is so great that I feel as if I’m dying.”
In my thinking, Jesus was overcome with impending doom.
Jesus knew how the story was supposed to end, but the getting there, knowing what was ahead in those next several hours, the pain, the agony, the distress, the grief, the anguish… all humanly too much.
In order for Jesus to allow Himself to be taken by the temple guards, stand before the Roman-appointed high priest Caiaphas and later the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, be blasphemed by the jeering crowds, humiliated, tortured, crucified, and finally to pay the price for all the sins of the whole world…. He was overcome with impending doom and had to wrestle through it with the help of the Father.
In great anguish he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
At this point, Jesus could have called it quits.
On Good Friday, tradition has us focusing on the cross and the seven last words of Jesus. But, today, I want us to remember that Jesus faced impending doom straight on. And though He may have been overcome by it for a portion of time…. Jesus is an OVERcomer. He overcame those debilitating feelings, the fear, and the dread so that…
He could demonstrate true, pure, authentic love.
A love by which we measure all love.
Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Luke 22:44
Whatever it is you’re facing today….
If you’re going to chose to trust anyone. ever. Choose Jesus.
Jesus is the ONE you can trust with whatever it is you face.
He’s an overcomer and He will help you be an overcomer too.
We don’t have to live under the cloud of impending doom.
Jesus said… “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Luke 22:44
May this Good Friday truly be THE Friday you choose to live an overcomer’s life in the Name, the Power, and Strength of Jesus.
It’s Friday… but Sunday’s Coming!
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