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I trust that Jesus sacrificed Himself for me

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 

In anguish, Betrayed, despised, crushed, despair, rejected, mocked, spat on, insulted,  ‘His sweat was like drops of blood” are all ways of describing Jesus at this point in His life. 

SACRIFICED: Suffering Saviour atoned at the Cross, redeemer in faith -I Christ endured death

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces Jesus was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely Jesus took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished

Jesus was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so Jesus did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment Jesus was taken away.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

Why? 

  • Jesus considered you worthy enough to sacrifice Himself for you!
  • Do you trust that Jesus sacrificed Himself for you? 
  • Do you trust that He loves you enough to have sacrificed His life for yours? 

Have you ever wondered when the foreknowledge of His suffering and death started to weigh on Jesus’ mind? Maybe even from His childhood, as at the age of twelve when found in the temple in Jerusalem, He told Joseph and Mary that He “must be about [His] Father’s business”. The same city, He rode into on a donkey hailed as “King”.

Knowing He had come into the world to bear the sins of every man, woman, and child must have been an unimaginably heavy burden for Him. It was an obligation that was constantly before Him –He set resolutely for the Cross. 

The weight upon His shoulders was the eternal destiny of everyone. However, He was committed to doing God’s will in everything -so He bore that weight in faith. He trusted HIS Father. 

Jesus daily life was in itself sacrificial – He sacrificed things that most people prize as good and worthy, like ambition, wealth, prestige, position, popularity, and many other such elements of “success.”               Jesus gave of himself to help and heal others physically but most importantly heal spiritually. 

This night, Jesus endured more than we can think or imagine.                      Now- Jesus is in the shadow of the cross.                                                      He knew exactly what lay before Him, He knew the physical pain that He would bare, He knew the emotional pain that He would have to suffer and the spiritual battle to overcome in the spiritual realm. 

Why does He go through with it? 

Firstly He trusted His Father and secondly He loves you.                      Jesus’ desire is that you take His hand and accept the gift of eternal life and the gift of reconciliation with the Father.  

 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He gave His [One and] only Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

This night, a drop of blood rests in the palm of Jesus’ hand on the cross– being in anguish His sweat was like drops of blood. He is the ultimate sacrifice for redemption of sin, opening the way for lives to be redeemed and transformed. 

  • That is Jesus’ response! 
  • What is your response? 

Can you say “I trust that Jesus sacrificed Himself for me”