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Saturday, December 13, 2014

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Mark 14 is full of spiritual lessons! Only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit could Mark pack so much into such few verses. It may be said that an entire book could be written based upon the content of this one chapter.


So in a few words, what can we take away today for our spiritual benefit? What can we take hold of that will stay with us and aid us in our walk to eternity? As I look at this chapter, here is what God’s word is telling me: The Pharisees and other church leaders were planning to kill the Son of God.  Also some people were not hearing what Jesus was saying, including Peter, and some did understand like Martha—Jesus loved them all.


The Great Controversy had been on-going throughout human history—the main point of it begins in verse 32.  Jesus was in His early 30’s—a young man; what young man wants to die?  But Jesus came to earth specifically to die for all of us—for you and me!  The final struggle began as the Devil surrounded Jesus in a sinister darkness—four thousand years of wickedness descended upon Him.


As we look at Gethsemane, that terrible moment in time, the weight of sin became so overwhelming that Jesus could not see past Calvary’s tomb.  Horrific thoughts must have raced through His mind. “Is sin so offensive to my Father that it will rip us apart for eternity?”  His soul recoiled at the thought—He clawed at the ground as if to keep Himself from being pushed into eternal darkness. Never from time eternal has the Godhead experienced a moment of separation between them—until now.


Father, “let this cup pass from me.” Father, “let this cup pass from me.” What cup?—the cup containing the “wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation (Revelation 14:10).  Can you hear the words coming out of His tightly clinched jaws? “Father, please, I am scared, I can’t stand the thought of being separated from You forever.  But Father, I love my earthly family so very much that I am willing to give up being God.  I chose to take the risk of dying forever—eternal separation from You— rather than losing even one of them.  Father, “Your will be done!”


Mary knew how much Jesus loved her and Peter finally did—how about you?  Do you realize just how incredibly special you are to God?  You should because He was willing to give up being God so you could spend eternity with Him.


Jim Ayer
Vice President
Adventist World Radio
General Conference