Today is Holy Thursday. Much emphasis is put on the Last Supper and rightfully so. But, today, I want to focus on Jesus’ time in the garden at Gethsemane. I want to focus on it because it shows His humanness and His level of sacrifice.
Mark 14: 33-34 ESV reads “And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.'”
Jesus knew what was in front of Him. And, He was distressed. Makes me feel a little better about being nervous about things in my own life. Just because I am nervous doesn’t mean I’m questioning God’s plan. It just means I’m nervous about what could happen. Jesus wasn’t questioning God’s plan, but He was still troubled by the task that was before Him.
Whew! That takes a load off of my mind. So often when I get distressed, I think “God will handle it, why am I stressing.” It does give me peace to think this way, but Jesus’ distress in the garden also makes me realize that it’s okay to worry.
On this Holy Thursday, I encourage you to reflect on the sacrifice that was ahead of Jesus and the agony that it put on His heart. He did it all for us. Praise and thanksgiving for His ultimate act of love!
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