“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Lk. 22:43-44)
From The Christian Life in the Danger Zone
No one likes the cross. Jesus did not enjoy the experience of the crucifixion. But through the cross of Christ both the Father and the Son are glorified. Self-sacrificing love is devoid of the negative aspects of pride…”vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…seeketh not her own” (1 Cor. 13:4-5). God displacing our way with His way through the totally unconventional vehicle of a God-composed adventure of faith fundamentally cuts across the grain of our thinking that we know best.
When our cross gets heaviest, we are troubled. We get upset and complain to God. We want explanations and answers. A grain of wheat dying to produce much fruit is not a part of the self-centered and self-expectant worldly program of conventional normalcy. It takes prayer and patience on our part for God to lovingly show us through the playing-out of life events what still needs to be fixed in our lives in order to bring forth much fruit.
Only the living God knows how to do the cross properly. The cross in our lives has pinpoint accuracy. For Jesus, the “way of the cross” eventually actualizes into a Roman cross on Calvary Hill. Our crosses are something unique and individually tailored to each of us. If the cross and the resurrection glorified Jesus and the Father, our cross and resurrection as godly transformed new people in Christ will glorify both ourselves and God.
As Spirit-born Christians, if we are following Jesus down the road toward Calvary…if we are walking in the Spirit and God is on our side…there is nothing in all of existence that can defeat us no matter how daunting are the outward circumstances or the negative appearances of temporary failure. This is the liberating broadness of the reality of a journey of faith that is one of the priceless things Jesus purchased for us through the cross and the resurrection.