Gethsemane or The Cross

Our beloved, blessed risen Christ came to this physical place, earth, to be a sin offering to God. "Christ in His death fully satisfied the demands of a righteous God for judgment upon sinners and, as their infinite sacrifice, proved a ground not only for the believer's forgiveness, but for his justification and sanctification." (1) As the role and purpose of what a loving Father in Heaven had laid out for this earth shifted, a redeemer was necessary to suffer, bleed, and die for all of mankind. Without a sacrificial lamb for all sinners, the purpose of God for us would have been frustrated. Forever changed. Our Lord covered Himself in an earthly tent to become a ransom for us, and when the time came, suffering had begun.
It is thought by some that the 'true' suffering for our sins came by the way of Gethsemane and not the cross. On the Mount of Olives, within the garden, our Lord chose a solitude place where His petition to a just God commenced. In light of the near future events, the earthly form in which the Savior of the world wore, sustained grievous sorrows in His soul. So agonizing, even to the point of death, was the thought of the crucifixion, Christ fell face down and prayed, "Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." (2)
And so it begins. The path from the "oil press" or Gethsemane, opened the gate to the rocky, unforgiving road to a detestable lowly hill, "The place of the Skull," or Mount Calvary. It was at this place where the Savior suffered for our sins. The death of the sacrificial lamb, poured out the blood of that lamb once and for all. Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died to appease a just God, saving us from certain death.
What love, what compassion, what feeling the Master had for us. "For if, when we were made enemies, now were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (3)
The cross is where Jesus died and is where our sins were atoned for. The cross is where our blessed Lord and Savior suffered for the sins of the world. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (4)
Let it be known to all that "at the very instant the blessed Jesus resigned his soul into the hands of his heavenly Father, the veil of the temple was miraculously rent from the top to the bottom..." (5) "It is finished;" that is, the work of man's redemption is accomplished; the great work, which the only-begotten Son of God came into the world, to perform is finished." (6)
It is the Cross not Gethsemane that is significant to God fearing Christians. It is the Cross that carried our Savior through the single most important purpose in His ministry as foretold by the prophets of old. It is the Cross that is forever embedded into a Christan's heart.

1.Jesus Christ our Lord, John F. Walvoord, Moody Press, Chicago, 1977, pgs. 162-163.
2.Matthew 26:39
3.Romans 5:10
4.Galatians 6:14
5.Life of Christ, John Fleetwood, publisher and year unknown, pgs. 138-139.
6.IBID

3 comments:

Godhead September 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

Don't get a big head but I absolutely love your Blog. Came across it quite by accident. I have been saving all of your Blog pages so that I can read them offline. I really believe that you would not be so wise if you had grown up in a mainstream Christian church. The Lord works in mysterious ways that's for sure. Keep up the good work. Great post.

handmaiden September 24, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Godhead,
My husband has told me the same thing about not learning much in the Christian churches and schools about how deceptive and destructive mormonism really is to people, especially families. God has gotten me through it and out of it somehow, but not without a lot of heartache.
Thank you for your encouraging comment!
Give God all the praise

handmaiden

Godhead September 25, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

Well most mainstream Christians would never have gotten involved with Mormons or any cult. Your Blog is a great introduction. I have been enjoying reading about your experiences in the church and about your father and what you were going through emotionally. Its very insightful and well expressed. I just wonder how many other have or are going through that very same thing or something similar. I am really glade that I came across your Blog. I have looked into many cults and they all seem to work from the same handbook. The JW's just yesterday put a hand written letter in my mail box, they know I am a Christian and visit the old lady next door. I find it very amusing that they feel they need to deliver me from my faith. Signs of the times I guess. Pretty soon it will be Muslims knocking on my door. LOL! Don't worry I am very familiar with the Koran and they are just a cult as well. Same M.O.

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