We often find ourselves at crossroads in our lives. Jesus humanly also founded Himself on a crossroad in the Garden of Gethsemane. I think it must’ve been so hard to know what will be happening over His last earthly Easter weekend.
He even said: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
Luke 22:42 NASB1995
“I am never afraid of exaggeration when I speak of what my Lord endured. All hell was distilled into that cup, of which our God and Savior Jesus Christ was made to drink.” (Spurgeon)
Jesus wasn’t afraid of death. This cup wasn’t presenting death but presented God’s judgement. He knew for that moment Father God will turn His face away from Him for the first time Ever. He couldn’t take it, but He did.
Typical with the garden experience, Adam lost against the devil in a garden and so Jesus came and had victory over satan in a garden. The only way for humans to be unified with their Creator was through the sacrifice of an unblemished Lam. The Lamb God Himself provided. In the same God provided a lamb for the sacrifice Abraham had to make because God couldn’t stand watching the pain in His friends heart So He decided to take the pain Himself.
Being completely man and completely God at the same time He had to endure the physical struggles we are going through as humans. Being One Person with two natures: a divine and a human nature. Jesus became our High Priest, but not without a price. He became the sacrifice, in other words, He had to pay. He paid with His own life for our souls. He died so that we may live. He chose to die because He knew the Father will break the chains of death Over us. He did exactly that and now the enemy is completely destroyed through His victory over death.
The devil has absolutely nothing against us unless we give him something against us. Through sin and desires to sin we give the devil a foothold into our lives and sooner or later he will break in and take from you what Jesus so graciously gave you - liberty (freedom) and boldness (complete confidence). These are the way Christians May approach the throne of Grace.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15 -16 NASB1995
Let this Easter be about G.R.A.C.E.
It’s about Jesus.