“Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.”
Have you ever been in such agony that you were drenched in sweat? Fear and anxiousness consuming your thoughts to point of perspiration?
Have you ever been so upset about something that you felt as though you would explode? You want out of your situation. You’re angry. Scared. Or both.
Well, Jesus knows exactly how you feel. I’m serious. He’s felt those emotions before. Remember, He was fully human.
The emotions of anger and fear are not a sin. It’s how you deal with those emotions that could lead to sinful behavior, if you’re not careful.
“If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry—get over it quickly; for when you are angry, you give a mighty foothold to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (TLB)
Today I want to go over how Jesus wrestled with fear. In a later post, we’ll talk about how Jesus sometimes got angry.
“He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.” Luke 22:42-44 (MSG)
At the time of the above passage Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and He knew that He was about to face a gruesome, torturous death. And He wasn’t looking forward to it. Would you?
Jesus may have been anxious about what He was about to go through but that didn’t mean He lost His faith. As a matter of fact, He prayed harder to point of sweat the size of drops of blood. His faith was stronger than ever. He took all of his anxiousness to God and poured it out to Him. So if Jesus poured out his fears to God, then shouldn’t we?
And how about anger? Or confusion? Can we bring that to God as well?
After Jesus had been beaten, tortured, and humiliated he was nailed to a cross to die a painful death. While on the cross, “About three o’clock, Jesus shouted, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:26 (TLB)
What did Jesus mean when cried out to God like that? I admit that this passage confused me for some time. Was Jesus expecting God to rescue him from the cross? The answer is no. Jesus knew this had to be done.
I read something a while ago that cleared it up for me. At the time when Jesus was on the cross, He had the ugly, shameful weight of all of our sins on His innocent shoulders. And remember God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one—the Trinity. But at that time with all the horrible sin being poured on Jesus, God had to in a sense separate himself from Jesus so that Jesus could take our punishment. So for a short time, God had to turn his back on Jesus while He took our punishment. That must have been the worst possible thing for Jesus, even worse than all the beatings. In fact, it was so painful that all He could do was cry out.
So what about us? Can we cry out to God when we’re in pain, angry, or confused?
Jesus is our perfect example. So if Jesus expressed his true feelings to God then so can we. Don’t be afraid to really let God know how you’re feeling. Talk to Him. He already knows anyway, so you may as well get it all out. Honestly, I think God would rather you take it out on Him than another one of His beloved children. I know this, because He already took our burdens away once on the cross at Calvary—so let Him take your burdens now.
God will help you sort them out. He wants you to know that He cares. He listens. He does understand. And He does love you.
Enjoy TFK ’s Take It Out On Me.