June 10, 2019: Anxiety

Monday

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:36-39

If you are looking for someone who can understand you the most, look at Jesus. Before He was crucified, He experienced high level of anxiety that it made Him sweat blood (see Luke 22:4). He was in deep sorrow that it made Him ask God, “Why have you forsaken me?” like almost every human does.

In that situation, His response was prayer. He prayed and asked God if there is another way, but in the end, recognized that God’s will be done. Prayer is such a powerful tool to fight anxiety and distress (see Matthew 26:41) And if you keep reading on this chapter, you will see how great and devastating His feelings were that He prayed three times on that mountain. Mind you, prayers do work!

June 10 2019

At this point, you can see that Jesus is not only God, but human as well. He can relate to you, and He knows how it feels to be in a situation that brings sorrow. He also knows that you will experience it today and until you are living on earth. That is why, hours after that praying and sweating of blood on the mountain, He laid down His life for you so you won’t have to experience that kind of sorrow anymore. What He did on the cross is a strong tower where you can rest in, knowing that He has already bore the pain for you.

Yes, those feelings will still come but you are not meant to fight them alone; you have the Victor. You cannot stay in them for too long because by Jesus’ death and resurrection, no matter what this world brings, you already have eternal hope—to be with Him forever.

Pray and trust God because at the cross, every sorrow has been defeated.


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