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April Pastor’s Message

The chorus of a beautiful old gospel song says this:

He could have called ten thousand angels,

To destroy the world, and set him free.

He could have called ten thousand angels,

But he died alone for you and me.

Jesus’ greatest desire was to do the Father’s will; on two occasions he needed angelic help when his physical body couldn’t tolerate the stress. After Jesus’ wilderness temptation, “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Mt. 4:11) During his Gethsemane wrestling, “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” (Lk. 22:43)

Bible teacher John MacArthur recently pointed out that at these stressful times in his life, angels helped Jesus; but on the road to Calvary, there was no angelic help. Even then, Jesus’ goal was to do the Father’s will.

Peter didn’t quite understand that. His misguided efforts to protect Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane went awry, and Peter only sliced off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Jesus rebuked him and his wrongheaded perspective – “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Mt. 26:53-54)

The Father’s help, strength, wisdom, are not given for us to do what we want, but to do what He wants. Jesus’ life showed us that. His Easter victory, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, enables us to “desire, and do, the Father’s will.”

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