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Strength for depression!
We are all familiar with pain, tiredness, weakness, hunger, thirst, anxiety, temptation and even death? These sort of things are common to us all as the result of the curse of sin upon mankind.
But did you ever wonder why Jesus Christ, the Son of God, experienced these kind of things too?
It was not a great honour for Jesus to be born of a virgin called Mary. What Jesus got through being born of a woman was a human body that would be "tempted in every way just as we are"
- a body that would experience pain, tiredness, weakness, anxiety, and even death!
But because He was conceived of the Holy Spirit He was very different from the woman who gave birth to Him, and from every other human being. The One who was miraculously born of a virgin was "holy"
- He alone was "without sin".
In today's story we find this man Jesus in a terrible state of mental and physical depression! He went to the Mount of Olives with His disciples and said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." Then He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond themů "overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,.. He fell to the ground "
We cannot even begin to imagine the depression that was crushing Jesus as He knew what was about to happen to Him: His betrayal by a "friend" whom He had loved and cared for; then He would be deserted by all His friends; followed by a mock trial at the hands of religious hypocrites and unjust judges; and then He would be cruelly abused, mocked and insulted by wicked soldiers; and then to be crowned with thorns and viciously beaten before being put to death by horrible crucifixion!
Jesus knows the awfulness of depression - depression that even brought Him "to the point of death"!5*.
But all was not lost and hopeless with Him! In His terrible distress Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father. "Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; ..And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."
Jesus longed for this bitter "cup" to be removed from Him.
But worst of all for Jesus must have been the knowledge that He was about to be forsaken by His Father in Heaven because of sins - although He had never sinned! It was the Father's will and plan that Jesus would take the blame and the punishment for our sins.
Jesus was not asking to escape from that! He prayed, "Not My will, but Yours be done."
"An angel from Heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him".
The Good News for us today is that Jesus willingly took the punishment for our sin so that He could bring us to God.10*.
Will you love and trust Jesus to forgive and save you just now? You will then have the privilege of turning to God as your "Father" and asking for His strength for depression "so that you will not fall into temptation."
Read about Jesus finding strength for depression in Luke's Gospel, chapter 22, verses 39-46.
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Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1Galatians 4:4. Hebrews 4:15. 2 Luke 1:34-35. Revelation 15:4. 1st Samuel 2:2. 3 1st John 3:5. 4 Mark 14:34-35. 5 Matthew 26:38. 6 Luke 22:42, 44. 7 Matthew 27. 2nd Corinthians 5:21. 8 Luke 22:42. 9 Luke 22:43. 10 1st Peter 3:18.