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Fully Understanding

During my devotions today, I was reading “Intense Moments with the Savior: Learning to Feel” by Ken Gire. The reading I chose, appropriately enough, was the one on Gethsemane. Or, more precisely, Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

What Mr. Gire does in his writings is to bring to life with detail and modern references what Christ went through throughout his life. In the writing that I read today, he described what Jesus went through when he went to pray and while he prayed. He talked about the damp dewiness of the evening. Of the Roman sentry calling out the time as the disciples followed Jesus into the garden.

He then described Jesus asking the three he chose – Peter, James and John – to wait and pray while he went off to be by himself. The angels watching Jesus were mention – watching and wanting to help God’s son but not being allowed.

Then there is the description of Jesus. Not kneeling by a large rock with his hands gently folded. Not gazing up to the heavens with a look of contemplation. But Mr. Gire’s description is of Jesus, lying in the dirt, clutching at the soil and the plants, praying intensely to his Father. Throwing himself prostrate on the ground and pleading with God to remove this cup from him.

The cup. That was what really came to life for me. The cup that Jesus bore for all of mankind.

“And though it is a terrible cup, brimming with the wrath of God for the ferment of sin from centuries past and centuries yet to come…and though it is a cup he fears…he takes it”.

This was why Jesus came. Why he had to suffer. Why he had to die.

The sins of all mankind from before he was born until present day. Just in the past hundred years, think of the sins mankind has committed against God, our creator.

World War !


World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

War in Iraq

War in Afghanistan



Mass murders

Mass suicides

Gang rapes








I could go on and on and on. All of this just in recent memory. I haven’t even mentioned the Dark Ages, The Crusades, The Inquisition or any of the misguided and cruel things people have done in the name of religion and of the church.

This is just a small portion of what was in this cup that Jesus was reaching for in the garden. That Jesus had begged that his Father would take from him. That Jesus sweated blood thinking about.

What did Jesus say after all the pleading, praying and prostrating?

“Yet not what I will, but what you will”.

As Mr. Gire writes “Because more than he fears the cup, he loves the hand from which it comes”.

Because Jesus loved, he was willing to take on the putrid festering evil that mankind had committed.

More than the utter fear of taking on the sin of the world must have gripped his heart and filled him with agony, he loved his Father more and also he loved US more.

He loved each of us…YOU…more. With a love that knows no bounds and is unfailing.

Tomorrow…the true sorrow of Good Friday.

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