BLOODY SWEAT

BLOODY SWEAT

His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:44

The humanity of Christ is powerfully seen as Jesus wrestles with Himself in His prayer in Gethsemane. At Gethsemane, Christ first saw the true price of Calvary. It was more than physical torture He was facing, He was facing the very awful prospect of the outpouring of the wrath of God upon sin. Modern man shrinks back from mentioning the wrath of God, but only in the light of God’s judgement on sin can we understand the wisdom and power of Calvary and only there can we see the power of God’s love for fallen man. Jesus was making the ultimate decision as He wrestled in prayer, He was accepting the responsibility of man’s sin. He was willingly taken upon Himself the wrath of His Father. What a contradiction! The Father and Son love each other with an everlasting love! How could He bare this incredible conflict, how could He bear the separation of the One He loves? Spurgeon also speaks of this conflict that actually came to the point of shedding blood.

“The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin when it was able to crush the Savior so that he distilled great drops of blood! This demonstrates the mighty power of his love. No need for the rulers to cry, Spring up, O well; of itself it flows in crimson torrents. But see our Savior in his agony; he is so utterly oblivious of self, that instead of his agony driving his blood to the heart to nourish himself, it drives it outward to bedew the earth. The agony of Christ, inasmuch as it pours him out upon the ground, pictures the fulness of the offering which he made for men. Do we not perceive how intense must have been the wrestling through which he passed, and will we not hear its voice to us? Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Behold the great Apostle and High Priest of our profession, and sweat even to blood rather than yield to the great tempter of your souls.”

Somehow in all the talk about grace we have forgotten about the justice of God. Without justice grace becomes powerless, it is just a weak God overlooking the ugliness of sin. That is the amazing part of God’s love glimpsed at Gethsemane, Christ agreed to satisfy the justice of God. Justice could only be satisfied when sin’s debt is paid. Then, and only then, can the grace of God be offered to us. The drops of blood that began to flow at Gethsemane, increased to a stream at the whipping post, and became a river of blood as our Savior died for us. This blood satisfies God’s justice and at the same time offers amazing grace to us.

3 Replies to “BLOODY SWEAT”

  1. Wow! He was so utterly obvious to self, instead of nourishing himself he he drives it outward to beteow the earth!! Wow!! Oh how he loves us! Amazing!!!

  2. We are so Aweful (bad, sinners); God is so Awesome!!! Why does He love us So Very Much??? We can never repay what Jesus did!!! I am sorrowful through and through for my Human Condition. Yes, I am Super Sorrowful when I think on what Jesus went through for my sins, and that many times via confusion and hurt I’ve crucified Him over and over again. How Sorry is Sin??? But Thank You Most Merciful Master, You Forever Live Again!!! Oh Thank You Jesus, You set me Free, that I may also Die and Live Again with You!!! Though I will never be worthy of Your Suffering and Shame. Please help me Jesus to walk securely, and to no longer exist in Confusion and Pain. Please help me Jesus to no longer look to my own ways; but to wholely rest in You My Lord, My Savior, Always and Forever. Amen!!! “Oh What A Friend We Have In Jesus, All Our Sins And Grieves To Bear, And Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone, No There’s A Cross For Everyone”

  3. Whew, Hallelujah to our Savior. You know I’m just going to come out and say it, THANK YOU LORD, FOR YOUR LIFE ON THE CROSS, YOUR BLOOD, YOU GRABBED MY LIFE AND SAVED ME BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME. THANK YOU FOR REACHING OUT AND GRABBING ME AND SAYING IT’S FINISHED YOUR MINE. MY JESUS, I DIE FOR YOU,BECAUSE YOU LAID YOUR LIFE DOWN FOR ME. I LOVE YOU, MY TRUE AND ONLY SAVIOR. WITHOUT YOU I WAS NOTHING LOST. WHEW THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIBLE, I USE DAILY, EVERYDAY,I HAVE TO HAVE YOU. NOW I AM SOMETHING MORE THAN I USE TO BE. I AM YOUR SERVANT, SPEAKER, WALKER, YOUR LIGHT,SALT, I REPRESENT YOU, I AM POWERFUL IN YOU, ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. I NOW KNOW WHO I AM. I BELONG TO THE KING OF KINGS, HOW POWERFUL IS THAT, HA, USE ME WHERE YOU WANT ME TO GO, GUIDE ME HOLY SPIRIT I’M ALL YOURS LORD. I HAVE TASTED YOU AND LOVE YOUR PRESENCE WITH ME DAILY, YOUR ALL I EVER THINK ABOUT WHEN I WALK, I TALK, I LOOK, I THINK, I EVERYTHING. YOUR JUST SO AMAZING, THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOOD. AMAZING GRACE ,HOW SWEET THE SOUND. HALLELUJAH, LOVE YOU PASTOR FRANK, YOUR BLOGS JUST MAKE ME STUDY AND SEARCH AND SEEK OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS WAYS MORE AND MORE, HALLELUJAH. HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR LORD. 🙂 YOU HAVE PULLED ME OUT OF THIS UGLY WORLD AND PLACED ME IN YOU….I LOVE YOU, JESUS.

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