• Pastor Joe Esposito

His Agony for our Gain

There is a saying that I am sure we have all heard, especially in the gym. It is, "no pain - no gain."

In Matthew 26:38, Jesus said, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

Jesus took His disciples, after celebrating the Passover with them, to the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means "oil press." It was in this garden that Jesus would be pressed into what He had come to earth to do. Jesus was not in agony of physical death. He was God and no one could take His life permanently. No, Jesus was in agony because He knew that He would have to take on the sins of mankind, past, present and future.

Here Jesus, who never sinned, was going to have to experience the vileness of sin, if only for a little while. He was in such agony that the Bible says He prayed, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done." Luke 22:42.

Yes, our Lord was in agony because even though He was God, He was also man. His agony was truly mankind's gain. If Jesus, the spotless lamb did not go to the cross, then mankind would still be lost. By faith in Jesus, He made it possible for each of us to receive forgiveness and salvation.

There is only one way to heaven and that is a belief that Jesus' blood cleanses us from sin.

So maybe the next time someone says - no pain - no gain, tell them that Jesus' agony got us tremendous gain and we didn't have to go to a gym for it.

Jesus was in agony in what He had to do, but that never stopped Him from completing the mission that the Father asked of Him.

Jesus did not have to be born of a woman. He could have stayed in heaven and never experience being lied about, spat upon and badly beaten before He went to the cross. He knew that His agony was temporary but His blood shed for us was eternal and we who are His born-again children received our names in His book of life. Thank you Jesus. We love You.

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