Food for ThoughtMatthew 26:53 Heavenly Power
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By: Marni Montanez

Matthew 26:53 GODíS WORD Translation 

53. Donít you think that I could call on my Father to send more than twelve legions of angels to help me now?

Jesus was not created, but He did choose to lay down His deity and be born as a human being who had a purpose for His life on earth.  He came specifically to open the door of salvation so any person who chose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior, would live in eternity with Him.   

This task would involve completely denying Himself to stand in our place on the cross.  Through out His ministry and even when He was about to face the most terrifying moment of His life, Jesus knew His heavenly Father continously had a watchful eye on Him and with just a word Father would have quickly come to His aid.  

Though God never rejected Jesus as a person,  but because Jesus was covered with our sin on the cross, Father God had no choice but to turn away from all the world's sin past present and future that covered His innocent Son.  This left Jesus lonelier than any person would ever be on earth.  God's heart broke as He watched His son being falsely accused, beaten, betrayed, rejected and nailed to a cross.   Jesus could have called out to Him at any time and 12,000 legions of angels would be immediately dispatched, but Jesus never cried out to the Father to save Him from the pain and the shame; He was silent and His silence was for us as He allowed Himself to be mocked and ridiculed and eventually sacrificed for our sins.  

 When His innocent Son was to die a slow painful death this moment would never be repeated, where God watched helpless to stop His child's pain. He not only witnessed the torture of His beloved Son,  but He also was forced to turn away from Him.    He knew that His Son would ultimately choose death and He knew the sound of His cries for help would never come.   I don't think earth is capable of hearing the depth of the heartbreaking cry  that came from this Father's heart. No one will ever know the heartwrenching pain the Father felt;  a suffering that could not be comforted. They were one and Jesus' pain was His pain.  

God knows our pain with a knowing that goes beyond our understanding.   He knows more than anyone how hard it is to watch someone suffer and feel helpless.  Jesus knows our Loneliness and our sorrows.  For the first and only time, God could not wrap His big arms around His Son, but because of this shared suffering with Jesus, He can wrap His big arms around us.   He could not heal His Son, but can heal us through the resurrection of Jesus.  

There is a reason to be thankful to God in every moment of every day.   Start with this...In His moment of seeing the suffering of His Son,  He held back from helping His own Son so He could help us.

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.