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STRENGTH, COURAGE, FAITH AND FAILURE PART XXX

    "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done," Then an angel appeared to Him from Heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:42-44

    If I were to write of Jesus and His many exploits it would fill volumes, but I will only tell of His mission to deliver mankind from their sins. While on earth He established the model of His New Testament church, an apostolic community of disciples, sold out to follow Him and to replicate His divine character in others. The second part of His mission was to take upon Himself the sins of man by becoming a perfect sacrifice to stand in for us to whom the judgment was due.

    The greatest act of mercy and forgiveness began in a garden on the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed and took upon Himself the agony and great oppression of the sins and iniquities of all of mankind. As He prayed His sweat turned into blood, a medical condition called "Hematidrosos," brought about by extreme stress. It is interesting that our dilemma that caused our sin began in a garden with a tree, and our remedy for it ended in a garden and a tree, which of course was the cross of Christ. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and as John the baptist announced His coming he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!"

    Jesus would begin His journey that fateful night from the garden to the grave and bled in seven specific places, giving us a perfect and complete deliverance from sin, iniquity, sickness and poverty, the result of His sacrifice for us and the outcome for those who repent, eternal life! There is salvation in no other and the Way of the cross is the instrument of death in which our Lord chose for Himself to pay our debt and for us to take up our cross and die for Him.

 

    Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows; (pains) yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten (struck down) by God and afflicted. But He was wounded (pierced through) for our transgressions, He was bruised (crushed) for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes (blows that cut in) we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him, the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin

Raising Up Godly Leaders for the Church

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