Overwhelmed with Sorrow
Jesus was sent to “do the will of the one who sent me” and chose to suffer an unfathomable amount of misery. He didn't have to, in fact in his humanity, he was “overwhelmed with sorrow” prior to being arrested and eventually crucified on the cross.
Many people believe they know the story of the crucifixion, but miss a component that is at the core of the gift He gave to all of those that follow Him. Jesus was the only sinless person that ever lived on this earth. He healed the sick, brought people back from the dead, and He was the Son of God. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and came to find the disciples asleep and they were startled to see Jesus in unimaginable despair. He described that “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”. Jesus was about to bare the wrath of God for sin. Why? Paul said “God made Him who had no sin to be sent for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Think about this…..the Innocent was about to suffer the wrath of God and bear the sin of sinners. Suffering in flesh and blood, so that God's will be done. The ultimate sacrifice made by the only perfect person ever to walk this earth so that sinners have the opportunity to be absolved of our sins. Jesus fell to the ground as He talked to the Disciples in the garden in total misery. He put what He had taught all of us to do into practice…..he prayed. “Father everything is possible for you, take this cup from me….yet not what I will, but what You will” God dispatched an angel to strengthen Jesus and Jesus prayed even more vehemently and accepted that God's will be done. Jesus was overwhelmed as He was about to go through something for which He was not prepared…..for us!
Jesus taught us how to follow God. He lived amongst the people, taught and provided the Guide for which we are to follow. At Calvary, Jesus suffered an immense suffering, no aid, no relief, or anesthesia and most of all…”Overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” All for us!
As a follower of Jesus, we are to follow His guide. He suffered as we now suffer. He lived among us to show us how to treat others, serve the poor, love the leper. Look, listen, and learn this incredible lesson provided by Jesus, so that we may live! It's an immense privilege to work to become more like Jesus. Let us continue to pray and look to Him to guide our lives and ministry while we exist on this earth.