Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016: Pressed Into Forgetfulness

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 84 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video o Morgan Cryar singing, What Sin, declaring the result of Christ sharing His blood on Calvary and allowing all the sins of mankind to be pressed into the sea of forgetfulness - FOREVER - for all those who receive His saving grace in faith.

Highlight Passage:  Mark 14:32 [NKJV] …  
32 They [Jesus and 11 of the Disciples] went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray. 
… The only way into His glory is thru Him.
Highlight Context – Mark 14:32-39 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives the night prior to His crucifixion and prayed.
Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 26:36-46 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Matthew’s account of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Reference Passage #2 - John 17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus prays for His Disciples (including me!) after His time in the Upper Room.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, used an illustration about Jesus taking His Disciples to the Mount of Olives and into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He wrote: If you visit the village of Capernaum beside the Sea of Galilee, you will find an exhibit of ancient olive presses. Formed from basalt rock, the olive press consists of two parts: a base and a grinding wheel. The base is large, round, and has a trough carved out of it. The olives were placed in this trough, and then the wheel, also made from heavy stone, was rolled over the olives to extract the oil.  

Having been to the Garden of Gethsemane myself, and having taken the route from the Upper Room, across the Kidron Valley and up to the Mount of Olives, the route Jesus led His Disciples to that Garden the night after His Upper Room Passover discourse (see John, Chapters 14-17), I have personally viewed the scene depicted in the ODB author’s description of the wine press [see attached photo].

And on that fateful night, before Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He went into the Garden; and pressed physically/emotionally/spiritually beyond his human limits, our Lord prayed for the cup of atoning sacrifice to be taken from Him; but He knew that it was the Father’s will that He march on to the cross. So, resigned to that destiny, the trials and events of His passion unfolded, … the events we remember and celebrate this Holy Week and into this weekend (i.e., Easter).

As the stone of the wine press illustrates, every ounce of my sin was pressed out by Jesus’ blood on that cross; and the result was sung about by Morgan Cryar in the beautiful song linked above. Please take the time to view/hear this video and join me in remembering and celebrating what our Lord did for us when all the sins of mankind were pressed out and into the sea of forgetfulness for our Father by His Son’s atoning work on Calvary.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … My sins are forgotten because of Your finished work on the cross, … covered by Your blood, … and all I can muster here and now is a weak and tearful … HALLELUJAH! … Amen  

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