Friday, April 6, 2012

Vinegar will not quench your thirst!

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God Has Emotions

I have thought about the emotions and sorrow that God must feel when His beloved creation turns their back on him and goes their own way.

When Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, what a gut kick God must have felt and a hollowness deep in his stomach to know that, "Oh No this is it - this is the beginning of pain, sorrow and suffering."

God probably repented right then and there of creating woman, for would man have eaten of the fruit if it were not for woman? We can only guess about that.

The heart of God must break every day as he views this world. How much longer can he delay to send Jesus back, and end all of these goings on we see around us?

Jesus sorrowed and during His earthly ministry His emotions ran high at times. On one occasion He turned over the money tables right there in the Temple. He was angry because the people were not showing respect for God’s house. He roared, “My house is a house of prayer and you have made it a den of thieves!”

While Jesus was on the cross He was grieved because of the betrayal by His close friends. He could have allowed his emotions to rescue him off that cross, but He did not!

Now it is an amazing thought that if Jesus would have followed his emotions while on the cross, he could have called fire down, or a host of angels, or broke his bonds at any time.

He did speak, but it was in caring for his mother giving John instructions to provide for her.

He spoke again, “I thirst,” and they offered him vinegar, but it would not quinch His thirst !!

Then again He spoke to the thief by his side, “This day you shall be with me in Paradise.” He spoke more words, "It is Finished!" meaning he had completed all He had been sent to do. “Father into your hands I commend my Spirit.” (Notice Jesus knew where His spirit was going.)

His only other requirement was to go and preach to the Old Testament saints, grab the keys to hell, and in three days to rise from the dead.

God honored the finished work of Jesus and to display his acceptance; God split the curtain in the Holy of Holies from top to bottom that had separated man from God.

We are now urged to come boldly into the Holy Place and speak directly to our Father, God.

If Jesus had let his emotions get away from Him while on the cross - He would have ruined the Father’s whole plan of Salvation.

Aren’t you glad Jesus followed through when He prayed, “Not my will but thine be done?”

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Anonymous said...

"He could have allowed his emotions to rescue him off that cross, but He did not!"

This is a great sentence…reminds me that my emotions do not ever justify disobedience! Visiting from The Gypsy Mama...

Anonymous said...

Hazel, I wondered where your post was! I am so grateful for your moving and inspirational post! Thanks for leading us to Him!

Jessie Gunderson said...

I enjoyed this. Thanks for the reminder to be in the word, to contemplate God and to tell the stories!

caryjo said...

AMEN!!! So blessed that He stepped into the worst personal sorrow in the history of the world from the first sin to now when sin has increased beyond belief. Without Him none of us would be truly surviving.

Diane Ronzino said...

"My emotions do not ever justify disobedience!" - wow...a sermon in a one-liner. Thank you!

Diane Ronzino said...

Hazel, this was beatufiul. Your approach about Jesus' emotions, was very creative and oh, so true. Thank you for giving us another view.

Floyd said...

The biggest problem in our world is that; emotions. We all have them, it's what they prompt us to is what's in question. Doing the right thing, the hard thing in Biblical principles despite whatever emotion we are feeling at the time is the issue. The world wants to reverse the design of God and remove all consequences for actions and make this the Garden of Eden, but it's impossible, they don't want to admit that in their emotional state they and we are sinful by nature. The only Power over it is God himself through HIs Son Jesus Christ.
He is the great example of how to live and control emotions. How we feel should give us the strength to do the difficult things in life, by His power.

Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

I like your post - it reminds me that I can't follow my emotions all the time. A problem for a lot of us, I bet!