Our passage today is Luke Chapter 22 verses 39 to 46, ‘The angel from heaven’.
In his devotional Sinclair Ferguson wonders why the Lord Jesus faced death in such an agonising way when many Christians have done it with quiet submission. He concludes that it is in the contents of the “cup” (v.42) which the Father was putting into Jesus’ hand. The cup represents the wrath of God against the sin of the world, and SF quotes Jeremiah Chapter 25 verses 15-18, which I think is worth looking up for yourself.
He writes,’Jesus now sees with greater clarity than ever before the task he must undertake. If we are to be saved, he must be willing to be alienated from God, and to experience the covering up of his Father’s face and the full force of these ancient descriptions of the cup of God’s wrath. In Gethsemane he is staring into the cup in which the sting and poison of sin lies.’And that is when an angel from heaven comes and strengthens him – because Jesus needed it.
So to reflect:The Easter hymn “Jesus Christ is risen today” has these words, ‘But the anguish he endured, our salvation hath procured.’Why was our salvation so costly, do you think? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus has borne the cost?’
In our extended church address list, let us remember in our prayers today,- Beatrix along with Benett and Emelia