Pastor Bob is a dedicated pastor with a passion to share the love of God with neighbors and around the world. In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Click the button below to know what to expect when you visit. What might God do as we pray together along these lines: Give Him glory for who He is. Give Him glory for all that He has done and is doing.
Ask God to be working on the hearts of the people in our community.
Ask Him to show you His heart for those who need to hear His good news. Ask Him to ignite a passion in our church for valuing and welcoming those who are new. Moreover, it is not only insensibility to evil, when we should be watchful in order to do good, to fight for the force of goodness. We are not aware of God — he would disturb us — hence we are naturally not aware of the force of evil and continue on the path of our own convenience.
Nocturnal adoration of Holy Thursday, watching with the Lord, must be the very moment to make us reflect on the somnolence of the disciples, of the defenders of Jesus, of the Apostles, of us who do not see, who do not wish to see the whole force of evil nor do we wish to enter his passion for goodness, for the presence of God in the world, for the love of our neighbour and of God. Then the Lord began to pray.
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What is this will of mine , what is this will of yours of which the Lord speaks? Moreover, he was even more acutely aware of the abyss of evil than are we who have a natural aversion to death, a natural fear of death. He felt that this was the cup he was obliged to drink, that he himself had to drink in order to accept the evil of the world, all that is terrible, the aversion to God, the whole weight of sin.
And we can understand that before this reality, the cruelty of which he fully perceived, Jesus, with his human soul, was terrified: my will would be not to drink the cup, but my will is subordinate to your will, to the will of God, to the will of the Father, which is also the true will of the Son. This is the whole drama of humanity.
My will exists, but the will of the Father is crucial because it is truth and love. Another element of this prayer seems to me to be important. We see the Trinitarian mystery: the Son speaks to the Father and redeems humanity. A further observation: the Letter to the Hebrews gave us a profound interpretation of this prayer of the Lord, of this drama of Gethsemane. And the Letter to the Hebrews says: with all these cries, tears, prayers and supplications, the Lord has brought our reality to God cf.
Heb ff. Furthermore, it once again uses the technical word for ordaining a priest. In this way he truly became the High Priest of humanity and thus opened Heaven and the door to the resurrection. If we reflect on this drama of Gethsemane we can also see the strong contrast between Jesus with his anguish, with his suffering, in comparison with the great philosopher Socrates, who stayed calm, without anxiety, in the face of death. And this seems the ideal. His mission was not this total indifference and freedom; his mission was to bear in himself the whole burden of our suffering, the whole of the human drama.
This humiliation of Gethsemane, therefore, is essential to the mission of the God-Man. And thus he opens the doors of Heaven.
He opens Heaven: this curtain of the Most Holy One, which until now Man has kept closed against God, is opened through his suffering and obedience. Pray that you will boldly and lovingly lead others to know Jesus and His salvation. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. It was a few months from fruit bearing season, but the leaves gave promise of fruit. Fig trees in this region bore fruit before leaves and sometimes retained old fruit after leaves fell.
Jesus commanded that no one would ever eat from this tree again. It appeared that the Master had a fleshly, anger outburst, when in fact, the curtain of his humanity was pulled back momentarily, and His divine authority was revealed. The fig tree had the appearance of fruitfulness but was actually fruitless and practically worthless.
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The tree was a symbol of Israel, which had the appearance of fruitfulness in the beautiful, bustling temple, but Jesus corrected the fruitless worship that was prevalent there. Jewish people and some gentile believers living around the known world had travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration and changed currency to purchase animals for sacrifice. The very portion of the temple intended for prayer and worship for foreigners was being used to cheat and deceive them in price gouging and inflated exchange rates.
Also Psalm Pray for the nations to know true worship in Christ. Repent of fruitless religion. Saturate or infuse personal and corporate worship with prayer. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. On Monday, Jesus cursed the fig tree because it was fruitless, yet with the appearance of being fruitful. The symbol of Israel was now complete. Israel and its temple, although having the appearance of fruitfulness, would be revealed as fruitless and dead when destroyed about three decades later.
For the moment; however, the disciples were amazed that the tree miraculously responded to the words and authority of Jesus.
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Jesus encouraged them regarding the power of prayer. He gave them two crucial actions for such prayer — faith and forgiveness. In that vein, mountains could be moved and cast into the sea and every request could be received.
Unforgiveness hinders such prayers because it is inconsistent with the character of Christ in the believer, so forgiveness also lays the foundation for productive prayer. Prayer — As you pray, choose to embrace the person and power and perspective of God in the Bible and pray with confidence. Ask Him to increase your faith. Release into the justice and wisdom of God those who have offended you and forgive them in prayer. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected…because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Mary understood the heart of the cross. The Lord Jesus humbled himself not only to become a man, but a servant whose obedience to the Father was expressed by emptying himself to the point of death for the lives of those who would believe.
On her hands and knees, she took the lowest of positions as she washed His feet with her hair. The aroma could bring to mind the essence of worshipful prayer at the altar of incense in the temple. Judas, by contrast, protested her offering. The unbelieving disciple grasped for self-prosperity even as he left to betray Jesus.
Mark Prayer — What will you release at the feet of Jesus when you worship Him? The vilest odor will become the sweetest fragrance in His presence. Pray in worship and offer yourself freshly to God.