Saturday, January 08, 2011

"By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, ...." Genesis 3:19

"In Gethsemane, Jesus sweated great drops of blood as He worked for our redemption. Matthew Henry noted:

Sweat came in with sin, and was a branch of the curse, Gen. 3:19, and therefore, when Christ was made sin and a curse for us, he underwent a grievous sweat, that in the sweat of his face we might eat bread, and that he might sanctify and sweeten all our trials to us.

In His sufferings, Jesus wore a crown of thorns --a symbol of the curse. For three hours darkness covered the crucified Lord as He bore the curse and wrath of God for His people. Isaiah prophesied that he would be "cut off out of the land of the living" (Isa. 53:8). As the second Adam, Jesus took the curse upon Himself. He is, in the deepest and most profound meaning of the phrase, "the curse-bearer."

On the cross, Jesus was cursed so that we might be blessed through faith in Him. In His cry, "It is Finished", we are reminded of how, in Genesis 1, the Lord looked over the finished work of creation and said, "It is good." Jesus Christ accomplished the work of the new creation in His death and resurrection. The curse was removed. The eternal blessings were secured for those who trust in Him alone for them."-Nicholas T. Batzig, pastor

I am always humbled when I read, and then ponder, how our Savior suffered so in the garden when He prayed for His Father to take back the cup, while He sweat actual blood from His body. Jesus knew pain like we will never have to, because He gave Himself for us.
What a Savior!
What a God!
What a Friend!

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