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May 4, 2014

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Matt 26:36-39 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Luke 22:41-44 He prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

How many paths are there really, to salvation?

Jesus thoroughly searched out this question Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane, saying, “Father, if there is any other way to accomplish this, please, let’s not go through with this.” And how many other ways did He find? None.

So He gave His life for us. Not because it just seemed like a cool thing to do. As He looked ahead at what was about to happen, it was with extreme pain and dread. But He did it anyway.

Why? Because it truly was the only way. If He hadn’t done this, there would have been no way for us to be reconciled to God.

Acts 4:12
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Heb 2:3
How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? 


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