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Belong & Become, Week 5, Day 31

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MARK 14:43-45 | 43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.

The other aspects of Jesus’ suffering correlate with aspects of our own. In this passage he is betrayed. Later the crowds will reject him. The leaders will falsely accuse him. He will be scourged and beaten and mocked with a thorny crown. His friends will fail and desert him. The cross will put him, publicly, in the company of
criminals, shunned and subject to immense physical pain.

The sum total of this is hard to fathom but each element is familiar in our world, where all these kinds of suffering are going on
somewhere, right now.

Which aspect of Jesus suffering do you most identify with?

Why?

 

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Belong & Become, Week 5, Day 30

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MARK 14:36 | 36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”

John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God on the first day of his cousin’s public ministry. In the Gospels, Jesus predicts his own death, by crucifixion, and insists he is laying down his life willingly. In the Garden of Gethsemane he asks his Father to “take this cup from me, but not my will but yours be done.” This reference could well refer to the cup of wrath, the righteous indignation, the holy judgment and the divine pain lodged in God’s heart because of the totality of human sin. All the broken promises, lies selfishness,
violence, manipulation, and rebellion of all the people throughout time in every place.

It is this weight Jesus was loathe to bear for it meant dereliction, a moment of separation in his everlasting relationship with his
Father. ”Why have you forsaken me?” Yet it is this weight, carried and lifted and destroyed that gives you and me forgiveness and freedom. Jesus suffering for us was unique in character and impact.

How do you understand Jesus’ prayer

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