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From my journal…

(God speaking to me.)

 

Every person will visit Gethsemane. Most think that it’s a place where Christ went to ask for an out with regard to betrayal, torture and death. It was something deeper than even all of that. It was that He was fully human as well as God. He had the same decision to make that every human must face: he had to forgive those who offended Him and Myself. At some point someone or several people will come into your life who will betray you, mock you, torture you and kill you either in a physical or emotional way. The temptation is payback. Whereas David expressed this request over and over in the Psalms, Christ never asked for revenge in the Garden of Gethsemane. This issue of forgiveness was so decisive in the olive grove that it poured oil even over his enemies while He looked down from the cross and asked Me, “Father. Behold My enemies. But the issue has been settled. I have forgiven them. Now, would You forgive them as they really don’t have any idea of what they are now doing.” For many of the Pharisees, witnesses and Romans, it may not have had much an effect. But for Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and others, these words cemented the deal. What Nicodemus couldn’t understand when Jesus told him that he must be born again, he could now understand through this act of Jesus which could only be understood from the viewpoint of having been born into the Kingdom of Light. And Joseph could now confess openly that he embraced the literal sacrificial body of Christ, taking him not only into his heart but his very tomb in the perfect act of replacement. Life and death and life again. Resurrection of the body and the spirit of mankind. The power of forgiveness raises you from the dead as Jesus strips off your grave clothes. Yes, the willful decision to forgive was made in the Garden of Gethsemane. It empowered My Son through Good Friday. Make the same decision He did. You may feel as if you are sweating blood. That’s how hard the decision is. And it will be followed by a Good Friday. Remember that it IS a GOOD friday. Winter fights Spring, but Spring always wins. Go ahead and willfully forgive that one person or those many people who are forcing their way into your garden and are about to take you on a road to where you will be crucified with Christ. Your preparation in the garden will allow you to look at them and say to Me, “Father, please forgive them because they know not what they do.”

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