Scripture: Matthew 26:39; John 12:24
1st Point: A picture of our past sinful state:
Let us establish the fact that we were created to be in fellowship with God our creator. Before sin came into the picture, Adam had a perfect human body, not subject to sickness, disease or death. He was sinless! No issues, no negative tendencies, etc. The minute Adam sinned; he became subject to sin, which brought a state of bondage to sin which trickled down to the whole of humanity. Somebody say BONDAGE! Sin then became a nature by reason of the bondage, in other words, it became a lifestyle, a habit. Humankind thus sins because of the nature. That nature had to be eradicated and restored with the nature of God. Now because God is a holy God, we lost our fellowship with Him because of our Sinful Nature. Sin pushed us out of God’s environment! Picture a fish outside of his environment, that fish within a few minutes would die. Death was the result of the whole of humankind because of the sin of Adam. We died both spiritually and which led to physical death.
2nd Point: How did Christ fit into this unsightly picture?
According to Hebrews 1:3, this states that Christ is the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of his person, decided to pay the price for human sin and to redeem us from the curse which came upon us as a result of sin. So he took upon himself the nature of us all according to Philippians 2:6-8.
Now consider the state of Christ prior to this ordeal. He that knew no sin became sin. He that was holy became unholy. Christ knew when that happened; he was going to be like that fish outside of his environment. He would die!
3rd Point: Why it was worth it all?
Here in our text, Christ felt the pain of death in the garden of Gethsemane. He was wrestling with the decision of paying the price for humankind sin. He saw the inside of the cup and what he saw, ultimately led to the fight of the decision making of whether or not the sacrifice that was about to be paid was worth it all. Inside that cup was filled with the sins of humankind, your sins, and my sins.
Here were His words, “O my father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Jesus was to become Sin and be separated from His Father.
This statement lets me know the gravity of our sinful state, that when Christ looked into that cup, he literally had to intensify his prayer to endure what He was about to partake of. Again I repeat, “He was about to partake of you and I sins.” He was about to become mortal and Satan was about to become His master. Was it worth it all?
Even though Christ saw what he saw in that cup, he saw a ‘BIGGER PICTURE’ which led him to pray three times until his sweat became like blood, and the angels had to come and ministered unto him.
Here is the bigger picture which Christ Saw:
As Christ was praying and wrestling in the garden of Gethsemane wondering if what he was about to partake of was worth it all, He saw the redemption of humankind. He saw man’s relationship with God which was lost, being restored. He saw the nature of sin being displaced with the nature of God. He saw himself within fallen humankind. Christ saw a NEW CREATION being created. He saw a new type of being, walking in power and authority. He saw, God in us! He saw sons and daughters of God the Father. So the price that was about to be paid for humankind was in Christ’s eyes, WORTH IT ALL!
So in the midst of all of the negativity, Christ saw a “BIGGER PICTURE”
Jesus said in John 12:24, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Christ had to die to produce his kind!