I Am No Victim



No one wants their face associated with “dirt.” This girl is fierce and she deserves to be praised for making strong statements against abuse. When will men and women get it?


Jesus in Gethsemane

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane, Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[d] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.

45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand”.       

What do I make of Jesus struggling in the Gethsemane?

What could he have been thinking?  He could have been resisting in the body.  I don’t want this pain.  I must be “godly”.  I am the model for my disciples–what I want them to do, what I want them to be like.

What could he have been feeling in the Garden?  Torn!  The flesh was resisting and His spirit was becoming more intense arousing deep desires and motivation.  

What was He desiring?  To be a model for disciples. To put down evil!  To face down Evil!  

Which desires conflict with one another?  The flesh resists the spirit.  There may have been fear, but the Spirit bolstered resolve and He modeled persistence as no man could.