as Jesus approached death … beyond understanding

A few days ago I wrote about the intensity of the prayers of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that at that point Jesus knew that His time had come and He knew virtually every detail that would happen in the coming hours up to and including His burial?

How did he know those details?

First, He was intimately familiar with many of the very detailed Old Testament prophecies concerning his death. He was constantly referring to them as He taught and trained His disciples.

Second, multiple times He told His disciples exactly what would happen … consider this example, the third such foretelling of His death by Jesus …

“See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and HE WILL BE RAISED ON THE THIRD DAY.” Matthew 20:18-19 (ESV)

And that sequence of events is exactly what happened … including the concluding good news.

And finally, because of His intimate relationship with His heavenly Father and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, He knew that His time had come and everything would happen before the following day came to a close.

While mankind is typically blessed of God to know neither what will initiate their dying process nor the details of how they will die nor the timing of when they will die; Jesus was burdened … no I would say cursed … to know the intricate details of all three.   That is truly beyond my understanding and ability to comprehend what he must have gone through …

But I can imagine that resulting in extremely intense prayers as He approached His death.

Recently I asked God in prayer to reveal to me if I was dying, how I would die and when I would die … His response … or that of the enemy … proved to me over the next 24 hours of mental and emotional anguish that to be ignorant of those details is indeed a blessing of God (thanks for reminding me of that blessing Corban).

Something to consider, don’t you think?


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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6 Responses to as Jesus approached death … beyond understanding

  1. Dick Bowley says:

    I love you brother Bernie!

  2. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, it is a gift to be held in the hands of God and to know that He is caring for our every need. Only He can provide true comfort. There is joy in knowing that God knows, God cares and that God will provide. Love you my brother. Jim

  3. Deuteronomy 29:29. The secret things belong to the Lord. We often feel as if God is being mean by hiding so many details about tomorrow from us. However, I’m grateful for this because I have enough burdens just for today.

    Jesus, also being Divine Godhead wrapped in human flesh, knew all things independently of anything else. However, in His humanity, His burden was no different from our own. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Father, not our wills but Thine be done, in Bernie (and Richard) as it is in Heaven.

    • bwebbjr says:

      Thanks for the Deuteronomy reference Richard … I was not familiar with it. Your use of the word ‘tomorrow’ reminded we of a recent sermon message I heard titled Worry Not based on Matthew 6:35-34. Thanks for reminder #2 and for the valuable insight offered in your comment.

      Love you brother!


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