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Aug 30 / Chuck Smith, Jr.

Day Eighty-six – Matthew 26:36-46

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you

And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” Matthew 26:37-38

Jesus Christ, off balance, reeling, in need of support from his friends. The perfect One whose lips spoke truth, whose touch brought healing, whose heart, soul and mind were pure, and who never failed to obey his Father. Our example, our Teacher and Redeemer was crushed with sorrow “to the point of death.”

This is the hour, the cup, the relentless will of the Father, as the universe looks on. There is nothing we can do for him. Even the angels in heaven cannot alleviate his sadness.

Some of us, who have also experienced heartache “to the point of death,” are comforted that “the man of sorrows” was “acquainted with grief” and knows our pain (Isa. 53:3). But there is something else here that we should not miss. Some of our deepest griefs are meant to take us into the Lord’s heart and give us insight into his suffering.

Lord Jesus, when our loss of a loved one hurt so deeply it  felt like we could not take another breath, we did not think, “Ah, so this is what Jesus felt in the garden! This is the pain that broke His heart.” For a moment, our souls have known something of the agony of Yours, only our pain is finite and Yours infinite. Thank You for holding onto us with a love we will never understand.

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