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Daily Reading: 17th March 2015

John 12.27

27 Now My soul has been troubled, and what may I say? Father, save Me from this hour, but it was because of this hour that I came.

When speaking in public it is natural to get ‘butterflies’, nervous tension in the stomach.

There are many experiences in life that churn us up emotionally. It may be a visit to the dentist. It could be a hospital appointment where bad news is anticipated.

Many sports people get emotionally wound up before they take to the pitch or stadium.

When preaching or teaching God’s word it is good to feel nervous, and to feel a certain amount of agitation within us, since we are handling the word of God.

Jesus prays out so that others can hear Him, and He expresses an agitation within Himself. He was more than nervous. He had more than butterflies. He was deeply troubled within the depths of His soul.

We must never think for one moment that facing the cross was easy for Jesus.

The writer to the Hebrews tells us that: He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward – Hebrews 12.2 (NLT). The joy that He knew was coming helped Him bear the cross and its’ shame, but that does not mean it was easy for Him.

A woman who is about to give birth knows that there is a great joy to come after the birth of her baby, but that does not lessen the pain and agony that she has to go through to bring her baby into the world.

Throughout history an innumerable amount of Christians have faced martyrdom, knowing that they would enter into the joy of being with Jesus for all eternity. Yet that knowledge would not have taken away the agitation of their souls as they faced death by many inhuman ways.

Jesus was on the brink of the hour of His arrest, trial, maltreatment by the Roman soldiers, and crucifixion. Yet more than this He was about to engage on the greatest battle of all, which was to wage war against Satan and the powers of darkness.

It is, therefore, no surprise that He was troubled.

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