March 7, 2020: SOAP #3747: Deuteronomy 5-6; Psalm 43; Mark 14
Scripture: Mark (NIV) 14:35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark (NIV) 15:33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”"which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Observation: Twoprayers addressed to the same God and coming from the same pray-er. The first from the Loving Son to his 'Daddy'Father asking to be relieved from the assignment he had so loyally accepted. That assignment was about to tear apart theloving relationship He had enjoyed with His Father from before the worldbegan.
The second from The Obedient Sonwho had just taken the sins of the world upon Himself, the sins that broke theeternal relationship with His Abba Father. Now, hanging on a cross, He prays, 'My God, my God.' (Anyone can call Him 'God,' but it requires arelationship to call Him 'Father.') Thewages of my sin is death, so Jesus had to die, but having no sin himself, deathcould not hold Him! He arose the thirdday! Yet, he still bears the scars ofthat sacrifice.
Application: Peoplewho say their sin hurts no one but themselves have no concept of how it hurtsthe heart of an All-wise Loving Heavenly Father and His Loyal Loving Son. With great wisdom, God made a way to rescuethe creation He loved from the results of their sin. But, Oh, what a cost!!!
I am growing in appreciation forhow Jesus honored his father with such a sacrifice!
Prayer: Lord, may I appropriately honor you for yourgreat love for me. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!