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GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 5 ~ ~ Hebrews 5:7-8 ~ ~ “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, AND HE WAS HEARD IN THAT HE FEARED. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”


“He was heard in His deepest woe, you will also be heard.” C.S.

Jesus feared death,….the former death, which was dark and eternal—the death before His Resurrection, before the First Resurrection. He feared being without the Father. They are one. It was literally being separated from Himself.

Death means separation from God. He did experience that, even before He died. That’s what He feared. That’s why He said, “Why have You forsaken me” in the dense darkness before He died.

He died the former death so we will never have to. That would have been an endless, hideous state of spiritual death for every man, and physical misery and pain so that one would wish for death that won’t ever come.

He experienced the effects of that death, but He conquered it, so we’ll never have to experience that death, if we have made Him our Savior and Lord.

Our death from this world will be only physical and only temporary, because of His substitutionary

death for us.

They are one. Truly one. More one than even the very best marriages can make us. Yet, in the garden that night, Jesus knew they would be separated. They would truly lose a part of themselves. Jesus, being in the weakness of human flesh, would lose His connection with the Father, which He had through his whole human life, and, of course, from eternity past. He would have no extra peace, love, guidance, strength, —nothing that He had before, because, in the flesh, He got those things through His prayer and submission to the Father. It was only Him in the flesh now.

And the Father would lose Him because, in His justice, and in His love for us, He will pour the entire force of His wrath on His Son——-in a very real sense, ….on Himself, since they are truly one.

This is the cup that Jesus had to drink from. He fought and conquered the devil on that cross in purely human strength. He did not have His glory, even though He was still God. He didn’t have the connection with the Father at that time either. In fact, the Father was imposing the judgment for our sins which Jesus took on. Ultimately, it was the Father who inflicted Him. ……for you and me.

Hebrews 5:8-9 ~ ~ “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”

This is what put the tremendous stress on His body so as to sweat large drops of blood!

Luke 22:44

“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

In this world we will have trials. It is a part of the sin in this world, and a part of living for Christ.

We shouldn’t measure our trials by what we’re going through, but by what Jesus went through for us.

He will never allow our trials to get to the misery of what He went through. We could not endure it.

Hebrews 12:4

You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

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