Acceptance comes when we accept who we’ve already been accepted by-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by this day that is celebrated as Good Friday, which actually has a lot to do with what we’re going to talk about today, acceptance. Grab your coffee and come on in.

Come with me to a place called the Garden of Gethsemane. [Gethsemane is actually two Hebrew words: Gat, which means a winepress, and Shamnin, plural of Shemen, which means oil. There is so much symbolism here, but the condensed version is that oil represents the presence of His Spirit and Gethsemane is the “place where olive oil — His presence — is pressed.”] It’s an old, old garden but not full of flowers, as the word “garden” can sometimes paint in our imagination. But there are lots and lots of olive trees and a sort of winding walkway. It was in this garden so long ago that our acceptance was contemplated and agonized over and determined once and for all.

Oh, who do we have here? To the right of us is a group of men, it looks to be about eight of them, I think. I recognize them as some of Jesus’ disciples. Oh, and just a stone’s throw from them across the walkway are three other men. Do you see them? That’s Peter, and James and John, three more of His disciples. I can’t really see what they are doing but it looks like they are huddled together pretty close. Everyone looks so sad. 🙁

I hear someone crying and talking. Where is that sound coming from? Look! It is Jesus and He is on His face right now. Shhh, I want to hear what He’s saying. “O’ My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” I wonder what He means by – Uh-oh, He’s looking up right now and He looks so sad, like he’s oozing with exceeding sorrow. His sweat looks like drops of blood. Wow, I can’t even imagine the intensity of His sorrow, let alone praying like that.

Oh, He’s getting up right now. Where’s He going? Oh, He’s walking over to His disciples who are all — no they are not sleeping! Jesus doesn’t look angry but he does look anguished. He’s telling them something. I want to hear what it is. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” Hmmm, I wonder why He’s telling them these things.

Where’s He going? He’s going back to where He was when we first got here. He’s praying again. Why is He saying the same thing? What cup is He talking about that he is asking to pass by Him?

If you look back at the disciples, they are asleep again! What in the world is going on here? Why are their eyes so heavy? This place is so sad, so overwhelmingly ominous. What is all the commotion? Who are all those soldiers? What in the world . . . Why are they arresting Jesus?

That was just the beginning of true acceptance for you and me. To go into more detail would take weeks, plus it’s so very much to process for our coffee hour. Let me just finish up with a very simple answer that answers all of those questions. Jesus always knew what His purpose was on this earth, and it was in the Garden of Gethsemane that He felt the severity of it, the cost of it. The realization that He would be separated from His Father for those three days to pay for our acceptance was almost more than He could bear, but He did it and because He did, you and I can have victory in this life and rise above the trials that inevitably come upon us like the waves of an ocean.

See, though we are all born with a desire to be accepted by others, true acceptance does not involve compromising our convictions. True acceptance begins when we accept His gift of accepting us first just because He loves us. So when you’re feeling alone in this world, remember The One who accepted you long ago and agonized over you in the Garden of Gethsemane before enduring what none of us could ever endure is waiting for you to accept Him and His gift of acceptance.

May you rise to the occasion and be blessed . . .



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4 Responses to “Acceptance comes when we accept who we’ve already been accepted by-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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  2. Jan Bachelor says:

    Oh what a beautiful vivid picture you painted with words as if we were standing and observing it all first hand. The battle he had between his separation from his Abba Father and the pain he knew was going to be the terrible outcome of his obedience was truly a “sweating blood” experience. He had not felt human pain, as of yet that I know about, since he was not to dash his foot against a stone. And he had never known a moment of being apart from Almighty God ever. And he did it all for each of us who believed and received our cleansing, our healing, our adoption into the family of God and eternal life. Blessed are all of us who have taken Jesus into our hearts and lives and have become joint heirs with Jesus in the blessings of Abraham and power and authority of the Holy Spirit man within us.

    Thank you God for your GREAT LOVE and thank you Jesus for your GREAT OBEDIENCE and it is wonderful to say,
    “HE IS RISEN!” Love Eternal, Jan

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