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Weeping In The Conflict

"During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death, and he was heard, because of his reverent submission" (Heb.5:7).

This is the third time that it is recorded in the Bible that Jesus cried. This time, he is weeping about his coming death. Matthew describes it this way; ".... and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, 'My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death....'" (26:37-38). Mark put it this way; ".... and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled" (14:33). On three different occasions, Jesus prayed for this cup to pass from me.... Why did Jesus pray these prayers, even though he knew his destiny? I view it as a battle or conflict between His will and the Father's will. We would not have seen this if the gospels and the Book of Hebrews had not recorded it for us. I believe that Jesus weeping in this case serves a purpose for us. We all face problems in our lives that seem to be conundrums... The answers to some of these problems may be so complex, that we may think the answer lies outside the realm of God's reach. Here is the clincher for me... The answer to even problems that bring us to tears, is found in Jesus' own words... "... yet not my will but yours be done" (Lk.22:42). Jesus put all of his trust into God's hands, and he was given the grace and courage to bear his fate. Whatever the problem, we also have within the words of the Lord, the answer to our conflicts too. We have a Savior that was human enough to weep, and strong enough to turn to the Father for help. How about us?

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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