Passion Is The Key Pt. 2

     Soon after Jesus had shared the passover supper with his disciples, the true "passion of Christ" begins at the foot of the Mount of Olives in a garden called Gethsemane. Passion takes on a brand new meaning when looking at the life of Jesus. He was so determined to establish his Father's kingdom that sweat and tears were common. However, scripture tells us Jesus cried, sweated and agonized until his sweat became as great drops of blood. It's my opinion, and I feel you will agree, Jesus displayed passion like no other ever has.

     "And he was withdrawn from them about a stone cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:41-44)  This is a major turning point in the events of the "passion of Christ" as we see in this encounter an angel appeared to strengthen Jesus. He had went as far as he could go on his own strength and in his own will, it is no accident this climaxed in a garden called Gethsemane ( which means the Olive Press). The fleshly will of Jesus gives way to the divine will of the Father! 

     Let's watch this unfold, it really is no accident Adam was put out of the garden of Eden, while Jesus begins to establish his Father's kingdom in another garden. "And unto Adam he said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;..."(Gen. 3:17-19) Being put from the garden, they now live on ground that is cursed, no longer eat fruit from the garden, but rather herb of the field ( these represent a lower food source). Thorns are a sign of the curse along with toil and sweat.

     There is a lot going on here in the Spirit; Jesus enters the garden in his own will praying feverishly, of course he is sweating, sweat is part of the curse, I suggest to you a transformation is taking place as Jesus' sweat becomes great drops of blood and don't you know these great drops of blood penetrate the CURSED GROUND !! The sweating stops as the will of the Father and a great Rest replaces Jesus agony. Scripture teaches life is in the blood, and as the divine blood of Jesus seeps into that "cursed ground" sin's curse immediately loosens it's death grip as our precious savior with his incorruptible blood starts a process of making "all things new" (Rev.21:5) The blood of Jesus destroys the curse; "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things (the curse) are passed away; behold, all things are become new."(II Cor.5:17)

     Thorns too are a sign of the curse, therefore it's no accident Jesus took the "crown of thorns"  to the cross. The crown speaks of the head and the head speaks of the mind. Our cursed mind which always begins carnal, must also be made new. Just as Jesus' blood sprinkled the ground, each spur of those nasty thorns were saturated by the precious blood of the Lamb. Atoning for sins, disintegrating our sorrows, and the cares and riches and pleasures of life which thorns and thistles speak of (Luke 8:14) melt away as we behold His Glory. Never forget, this kingdom always has and always will operate by PASSION !!  

        In-Christ Always  Elmer Hart 

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