Easter: Today You Can Have Hope

by: Danny De Armas | March 18, 2018

I want to share with you a story.  It’s found in Mark 14:32-37.  It’s a very familiar story of Jesus’ prayer time in the garden of Gethsemane.

It’s one of those moments when we see a side of Jesus that we rarely see in the New Testament.

A side where He expresses some really raw emotion, and yet I think it gives us a great glimpse into who He was and His humanity that really helps us identify with Him. The verse that I want you to focus on is verse 36 and Jesus says,

“Abba, father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

The idea that Jesus asked his Father, “If there’s any way that we have another plan that I don’t have to walk through this. If there’s any other way for us to offer salvation for mankind, that doesn’t mean that I have to go through what I’m getting ready to go through.   Please help me do it that way rather than what I know is coming.”

I’m sure all of us can think of times in our lives where we encountered something where, whether it’s a relationship that’s broken or illness or financial situations, or whatever trouble that we’ve faced, we’ve said to God,

“If there’s any way that I don’t have to do this, please let it pass.”

And yet that particular day, Jesus finished His time in the garden knowing God the Father would give him enough.  It’s as though God said, “You know it’s okay.  You’re going to be okay. We’re ready to do this together.”

Today I just want you to focus on Jesus getting to that point, where He even sweat drops of blood, that He did that with that kind of intensity for our salvation.

And for that reason, today you can have hope knowing that you can walk through whatever’s coming your way because of what Jesus has done for you.

God bless you, as you get ready to celebrate Easter.

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