To: All who believe in the cross.
After supper, in the garden, Jesus agonized over
His destiny. Mark, says He petitioned the Father
asking Him to 'take this cup away from me.' Luke
describes further how, after praying 'If it be your
will let this cup pass from me, yet not my will, but
thine be done,’ an angel was seen ministering to
Him. Afterwards, He prayed more and his sweat
became as great drops of blood falling to the ground.
I have wondered -- what could He have feared? Oh,
I know He was perfect man and, perhaps, dreaded the
pain of an agonizing death. But, I can't believe this
would have brought such pleas from him. No, I have
come to the conclusion He feared the agony of
paying the only price that would redeem mankind.
He was not concerned with the pain of dying, even
though his pain was intensified many times over by
the sins for which He was dying -- all the sins for
all mankind. How awesome the pain must have been.
But He could handle this. What He was not prepared
to face was separation from God the Father. On the
cross He cried out, ‘My God, why hast thou
forsaken me?' And the answer rings down through
the ages and into eternity. -- So you and I will
never have to suffer the pain of separation from Him.
"This came to me one Good Friday a few years ago. Though it is not the Easter season, I believe it is worthy of note at any time. My faith is based on what happened for all mankind at Calvary. "Jesus paid a debt He did not owe... because we owed a debt we could not pay." Major Ian Thomas