Monday, February 28, 2011

Obedience when it is seems impossible! Matthew 26:37-38

Good evening to all,
Sometimes it takes more than just trusting to do what you know you have to do!  Have you ever felt as though the pressure on you to remain obedient is just too much?  The next time you feel that way, read Matthew 26:37-38 to give you strength to remember what our Lord and Savior went through!  (37) He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and He began to be filled with anguish and deep distress.  (38) He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.  Stay here and watch with me."  There were three things that caused Jesus to be in great anguish.  (1) His approaching physical pain; (2) separation from the Father; and (3) death for the sins of the world.  Even though His divine course was set, in His human nature, He still struggled.  Hebrews 5:7-9 says, 'While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver Him out of death.  And God heard His prayers because of His reverence for God.  So even though Jesus was God's Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.  In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him.  Jesus was human just like you and I and because of that, He can relate to your suffering.  That trusting that I talked about opening up this evening has to be coupled with action in our relationship that we have with the Father because He is the source of our strength.  We learn obedience the same way that He did and that is letting God be your pilot and not just your co-pilot!
Your brother in Christ,

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