The Man of Sorrows

Gethsemane, Jerusalem

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Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine


Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me.” – Matthew 26:38

 

We should often sit down with our Lord in Gethsemane and look at Him while He suffers. We never can understand more than a a small portion of the anguish of that hour in the garden, yet we should often reflect on it. Some hints of its meaning may be mentioned. Before our Lord there lay the betrayal, the arrest, the trial with all its mockery and humiliation, then death through the horror of the cross. These physical sufferings alone made an anguish that was terrible to endure. Another element of our Lord‘s suffering was the falseness of the hearts of those around Him. There was the traitor’s kiss from Judas, the denial of Peter, the flight and desertion of the other disciples and finally the rejection and crucifixion by the people He had come to save. All this He foresaw from Gethsemane.

But the worst anguish of Gethsemane was the fact that Jesus was bearing our sins. What that meant to Him we can never know. We know only what is most dimly shown to us in the words of Holy Scripture which speak of His vicarious sacrifice. They are such words as these: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” – “He bore our sins in his own body on the tree” – “He has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” We are sure that the death of Jesus was not like the death of any other man even though another could endure all the physical suffering that attended our Lord’s agony. In some way, though innocent and holy Himself, and without sin, He died for sin. The mystery we never can fathom, but the fact we must remember as we watch with our Lord in Gethsemane.

Apply This To Your Life Today… Sometimes it helps to reflect upon what was truly given for our sake. Take time today to reflect on what Christ did for you at the cross!

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3 Responses to “The Man of Sorrows”

  1. Maria Tatham Says:

    Pat, sometimes I let myself be drawn away from the most important thing: remembering all the Lord did for us, remembering the Cross! Thank you for helping me remember!

    I agree that we can’t know what His suffering was like totally, because His burden was so huge, our minds and abilities just can’t grasp it. This morning I neglected to spend time with the Lord, and went online to work, and found your site. Thank you!

    In His joy,
    Maria


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