Day 83 | Let This Cup Pass
January 21, 2015 - WEEK TWELVE
George Richmond, The Agony in the Garden, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- How does it make you feel that Christ, like you, has asked his Father to intervene in relieving His suffering?
- How often, like with Peter, is our spirit willing when our flesh is weak?
- Do you think the apostles’ inability to stay on task deserved greater reprimand from Christ? Why was he so restrained?
[S]salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy…. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that [we] … have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. [We] … have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that [we]…, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price….
If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass” (Mark 14:36), then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way….
The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life…..
I bear witness that He came from God as a God to bind up the brokenhearted, to dry the tears from every eye, to proclaim liberty to the captive and open the prison doors to them that are bound (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Missionary Work and the Atonement,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 8).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- How can you tell if you love Christ?
- Is there a way to show love in everything we do?