Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jesus Pressed Between the Past and the Future

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”…Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Matthew 26:38- (NLT)

I welcome my friend, Barbara Seeglitz, as my guest on the blog today. She wrote this piece in response to Adam Hamilton’s study 24 Hours That Changed the World:

The Church of All Nations in Jerusalem provides a visual and experiential recreation of the Garden of Gethsemane. These images along with the scriptures from the Bible inspired me to reflect on what Jesus may have experienced that night in the garden.

Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane with the Temple to his left and the graves of the prophets, priests and kings to his right. He is in the middle agonizing over what is going to happen to him soon.

Above Jesus are the stars, the heavens, and God’s magnificent, vast creation – a view of God’s greatness both infinity and eternity.

Jesus looks to the right and sees the graves of the prophets and priests and is reminded that he is here to fulfill their prophecies. He remembers all God’s people and their suffering and struggles of the past.

To his left is the towering Temple. A temple built to honor God. But the Temple is now riddled with pagan corruption – more about money, laws and rules than a sanctuary of worship. Jesus sees the towering symbol as the direction the people are heading – a future away from God.

Jesus is in the perfect setting to see what God wants him to see, in the present, in the middle between the past and the future agonizing not only for himself, but for all God’s people – for us.

When have you given up your own desires to do God’s will? (tweet this)

#SeedsOfScripture #Gethsemane #thywillbedone

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