Matthew 26:36-38 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to the disciples, “Stay here while I go and pray over there.” 37 When he took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, he began to feel sad and anxious. 38 Then he said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert with me.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; 15 because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.
16 Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.
Have you ever been in the spot where you are hurting and you think, “no one understands how I feel.” As we are each an individual, I believe it hard for us to fully understand another persons pain, even family completely. However, we often extend this thought, no one understands, to God. How could God really know my pain, about how powerless, helpless or hopeless I feel? He is all powerful and mighty. But we find in Jesus, God incarnate, as he journeyed to the cross, experienced the depths of human darkness and helplessness as fully as I or anyone ever will. Our God does understand, not in a far off magical way but in every ounce of His life. We are never alone.
In Matthew's gospel Gethsemane is the place we are to go as well when we feel the ground underneath us giving way. We are to lay our burdens as Jesus did in that sacred place to a God who fully understands. He knows our trials completely as Hebrew's tells us because He has come through them Himself. I live in confidence that brings great comfort that God hears my cries, knows my pain and sadness and when my darkest time comes I will not be alone. God's knowledge of what lies ahead will be my comfort. What a gift God gave us in His Son.
See you later this morning.
Almighty God, my Lord,as I reflect I am humbled even more deeply for what you did for me. The pain you endured for me is unimaginable and yet You did. Father, thank you fro the gift of Your Son. Thank you for bringing me here to EOCC where I can share my love for you with others. Lord God, forgive me my sins, lift me up once again in Your arms so i may taste the newness You gave. Father, I ask that you bless those around me, that they and my enemies know the love you have blessed us with. May I/we put away the egos, jealousies and piddly things to tear others apart with and instead walk to buildup your Kingdom today. Lord I pray this n Your Son's name. Amen
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006