This is kinda Easterly...
This is kinda Easterly...
"In the days of His flesh,
He offered up both prayers and supplications
with loud crying and tears,
to the One able to save Him from death,
and He was heard because of His piety.
Although He was a Son,
He learned obedience
from the things which He suffered.
And having been made perfect,
He became to all those who obey Him the
source of eternal salvation,
being designated by God
as a high priest
according to the order of Melchizedek.
"The word 'flesh' points to human nature in the weakness which is the mark of its fallen state. When Jesus said to His disciples in that dark night, 'Watch and pray; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,' He spoke from personal experience...It was not to yield to this that He watched and prayed...Gethsemane was the training-school where our High Priest, made like to us in all things, learnt His last and most difficult lesson of obedience through what He suffered...But so real was His emptying Himself of His life in glory, and so complete His entrance into all the conditions and likeness of our nature, that He did need to learn obedience." (Andrew Murray)
"A weight of woe, more than the whole world could bear."
"There are three degrees of prayer, each surpassing the other in sublimity;
prayer is made in silence;
crying, with a loud voice;
but tears surpass them all."
"There is no gate which tears will not pass through."
"Death, temporal and eternal, was the portion of man;
and now Christ is to destroy death by agonizing and dying."
When they made the movie, "Son of God," the actor who portrayed Jesus, came to believe in Him after playing that role. In fact, he almost died in the filming, because when he hung on the cross, he experienced the manner in which the body's weight is crushing. They had to rush him to a hospital. And yet, as the actor testified, this was only a tiny bit which was suffered by our Savior.
Death destroyed, defeated, Satan dethroned.
John Wesley put it beautifully, "'with strong crying and tears'--in the garden, to Him that was able to save Him from death--Which yet He endured, in obedience to the will of His Father, and being heard in that which He particularly feared--When the cup was offered Him first, there was set before Him that horrible image of a painful, shameful, accused death, which moved Him to pray conditionally against it: for if He had desired it, His heavenly Father would have sent Him more that twelve legions of angels to have delivered Him. But what He most exceedingly feared was, the weight of infinite justice; the being bruised and put to grief by the hand of God Himself. Compared to this, every thing else was a mere nothing. And yet, so greatly did He even thirst to be obedient to the righteous will of His Father, and to laydown even His life for the sheep, that He vehemently longed to be baptized with this baptism--'But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!' (Luke 12:50)--Indeed His human nature needed the support of Omnipotence, and for this He sent up strong crying and tears: but throughout His life He showed that it was not the sufferings He was to undergo, but the dishonor that sin had done to so holy a God, that grieved His spotless soul...And He was heard, not so that the cup should pass away, but so that He drank it without any fear."
"To save Him from death"
"Here we may consider the pronoun 'Him,' as implying the collective body of mankind; the children who were partakers of flesh and blood...who through fear of death were all their life subject to bondage. So He made supplication with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save Them from death...the intercession...the passion and sacrifice were accepted, the sting of death was extracted, and Satan was dethroned."
Adam Clarke quotes a Dr. Macknight, "Three things are clearly stated: 1. That obedience to Christ is equally necessary to salvation with believing on Him. 2. That He was made perfect as a high priest by offering Himself a sacrifice for sin. 3. That, by the merit of that sacrifice, He hath obtained pardon and eternal life for those who obey Him."
"He tasted death for every man; but He is the author and cause of eternal life only to them who obey him. It is not merely believers, but obedience believers, that shall be finally saved. Therefore this text is an absolute, unimpeachable evidence, that it is not the imputed obedience of Christ that saves any man. Christ has bought men by His blood; and by the infinite merit of His death He has purchased for them an endless glory; but, in order to be prepared for it, the sinner must, through that grace which God withholds from no man, repent, turn from sin, believe on Jesus as being a sufficient ransom and sacrifice for His soul, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, be a worker together with Him, walk in conformity to the Divine will through this Divine aid, and continue faithful unto death, through Him, out of whose fullness he may receive grace upon grace."
Wow! That is what I believe in a nutshell!
You may have to crack it open and dig the meat out piece by piece
as you would a pecan, but it's there, perfectly.
Do these passages change how you feel about suffering?
What about the suffering of grief
in which Jesus entered in?