Matt. 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
That movie, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, is seared in my memory. The reality of the suffering of Christ was demonstrated in that film in a very graphic manner. The hatred that man showed for Christ was clearly seen, it is an accurate picture of Christ’s suffering for the sinfulness of man. The passion actually began in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before the crucifixion of Christ. In that horrible night the Father removed the veil so that Christ could see the horrible price of redemption. Christ cried out to the Lord that if it was possible, remove that cup from Him. It was not possible, God’s anger against sin had to be satisfied. There was no other way, this sinless man had to become sin’s sacrifice. Here are some powerful thoughts from Matthew Henry on that fateful night.
“He had a full and clear prospect of all the sufferings that were before him. He foresaw the treachery of Judas, the unkindness of Peter, the malice of the Jews, and their base ingratitude. He knew that he should now in a few hours be scourged, spit upon, crowned with thorns, nailed to the cross; death in its most dreadful appearances, death in pomp, attended with all its terrors, looked him in the face; and this made him sorrowful, especially because it was the wages of our sin, which he had undertaken to satisfy for. It is true, the martyrs that have suffered for Christ, have entertained the greatest torments, and the most terrible deaths, without any such sorrow and consternation; have called their prisons their delectable orchards, and a bed of flames a bed of roses. Christ was now denied the supports and comforts which they had; that is, he denied them to himself, and his soul refused to be comforted, not in passion, but in justice to his undertaking. Their cheerfulness under the cross was owing to the divine favor, which, for the present, was suspended from the Lord Jesus. His sufferings were of another nature from theirs.”
Jesus tasted death for me and for you. This is the story of Easter. The suffering, the death, and the resurrection of Christ. IT IS FINISHED !!!. Christ had defeated death. His victory has become ours.