Day 278 – The Battle of Gethsemane
On: August 5, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:39-40
We will spend the next five days observing, up close, how Jesus won the Battle of Gethsemane. It is not listed among the great battles of history – Marathon, Hastings, Waterloo, Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Somme, Britain – yet it had the most far reaching consequences, not just across the sweep of history, but stretching on into eternity and drawing in every colour, race and creed.
For in that mountain garden, in AD 33, the Son of God battled the arch enemy of His Father. There was not the clatter of guns, the roar of aircraft, the smoke of gunpowder, the stench of death; it was one man, on His knees, clinging to an unseen source of purpose and power, trying not to succumb to the temptation to walk away from His life’s calling, the reason for which He had been born.
The battle lasted minutes. The result will stand for eternity.
And this is where the real Battle of History takes place. Not on the muddy plains of a distant land, but in individual lives – day by day. The great conflicts we are taught about at school, may have settled disputes in their day, for their generation. But the problem of sin, that led to those battles, that leads to every act of discord and strife throughout history, is one fought in our soul. Who do I serve? Myself or God?
Mankind has learned how to travel to distant planets, how to create global empires. He has learned about the key to life – DNA. Amazing. But he cannot control his own temper. He cannot keep his promises. He cannot get off the throne of his own life.
Unless … unless you and I humbly kneel, as Jesus did, before the Father and ask for Him to take control.
The choice of a moment. The work of a lifetime. The benefit? A glorious Eternity with our Creator.