HE SWEAT BLOOD

HE SWEAT BLOOD
Luk 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
He sweat blood.
Can you imagine sweating blood? Can you imagine being in such emotional pain and stress that your physical body starts to suffer not from external affliction but internal affliction?
The clinical term is “hematohidrosis.” “Around the sweat glands,
there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form.” Under the
pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety
passes “the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood
goes into the sweat glands.” As the sweat glands are producing a lot
of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets
of blood mixed with sweat.
Why did Jesus sweat blood? was it because he knew he was going to be totally mutilated in the next few hours? was it because he knew that he was going to be physically afflicted beyond recognition?
Physically Jesus had enough reason to sweat blood. Here is a short description of what crucifixion entailed.
The number of nails used seems to have been indeterminate. A tablet, on which the feet rested or on which the body was partly supported, seems to have been a part of the cross to keep the wounds from tearing through the transfixed members (Iren., Adv. haer., ii.42). The suffering of death by crucifixion was intense, especially in hot climates. Severe local inflammation, coupled with an insignificant bleeding of the jagged wounds, produced traumatic fever, which was aggravated the exposure to the heat of the sun, the strained of the body and insufferable thirst. The swelled about the rough nails and the torn lacerated tendons and nerves caused excruciating agony. The arteries of the head and stomach were surcharged with blood and a terrific throbbing headache ensued. The mind was confused and filled with anxiety and dread foreboding. The victim of crucifixion literally died a thousand deaths. Tetanus not rarely supervened and the rigors of the attending convulsions would tear at the wounds and add to the burden of pain, till at last the bodily forces were exhausted and the victim sank to unconsciousness and death.
That was more than enough for him to sweat blood. But really did he sweat blood for that? Many people went through the physical pain of the crucifixion. Romans used to do it all the time. Physical pain can only last so long. We all know that emotional pain lasts MUCH longer than physical pain and has much more longer lasting reprocussoins in our life.
Does a woman remember the licks that her father gave her or the horiffic experience of the man that raped her?
Does a man remember being beat up by the gang of men or the loss of his single mother that he was so close too?
The emotional feeling that we go through when things happen to us with respect to another tends to do so much more than we can see at the point in time.
The pain that Jesus suffered emotionally was farrr greater than the pain he would have felt physically. Keep in mind here that Jesus KNEW what he was going into, both PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.
He would not sweat blood for the physical pain. He sweat blood becasue he was going to wilfully allow himself to be cursed and be DISCONNECTED from his father.
PICTURE THIS
You are the model student. You go to class everyday, you do all your homework, you hand in all your assignment and you do well in all your exams. You deserve the best right. You deserve your A+ or your 100% in your final examination.
Or picture, you are the model worker, you do your work on time, you work overtime with a smile and you are a excellent team player.
For the student, awards day comes around and you know you deserve nothing less than the highest award because you have met all the requirements. Instead of getting an award you get expelled from school and you are treated as if you were the worst student on the face of the earth. No school will take you and you are forced to become a vagrant. You deserved it all … but you got nothing.
For the worker, the day of you appraisal comes up. You know you deserve to be given a promotion and a large bonus and the boss hands you a letter saying you are fired and they also told everybody else that may be willing to hire you that you were the worst worker in the world and you don’t deserve to be hired.
In ALLLLLLL aspects of his life JESUS WAS PERFECT. He did is all right. He was the perfect Jew. He was the model human being. He was everything Abraham wanted to be, Everything David wanted to be, everything Ezekiel wanted to be, everything Samuel wanted to be!!! He was the only one to do it right.
You know what happens when you do things right for God…. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE REWARDED.
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Deu 4:1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

1Ki 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
1Ki 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
God promises his reward to all those that keep his commandments. There is a blessing in obedience.
SO HOW WAS CHRIST SO OBEDIENT AND HE DID NOT GET THE BLESSING? How could he have fulilled the law and still be cursed?
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
The keys is the substitution. The switching of roles BECAUSE OF LOVE.
We deserved the CURSE and he deserved THE BLESSING. But he switched it and gave us the opportunity to have his blessing…….. while he took OUR CURSE.
so why did Jesus sweat blood? Because his father did not just send him to die, his father TURNED HIS BACK ON HIM.
Imagine the REJECTION, the HURT, the SCORN.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;
God was happy to kill him. God was happy why? Because he saw the punishment of sin.
God likes to see 2 things… the things he likes, to be rewarded and the things he hates, to be punished.
BOTH THESE THINGS BRING HIM GLORY.
Because he delights in the praises of his people. He loves to recieve Glory.
Because he is just, evil must be punished because the evil if left unchecked takes away from his glory as the creator of man.
HE HAD TO SCORN HIM CUZ HE CHOSE TO TAKE ON THE FORM OF SIN. There was only one man who had that Choice….. only one man fit the criteria to make that choice. And even though he knew he what would happen if he made that choice he still made it.
How many of us think twice when we have to do something for someone and we would be inconvenienced. We might be the only people that meet the criteria that that particular person needs….. what do we do?
Jesus knew he would be pysically afflicted.
HE SWEAT BLOOD
Jesus knew he would be betrayed
HE SWEAT BLOOD
Jesus knew that his Father would hate him
HE SWEAT BLOOD
Jesus knew that he had the right to go to heaven and no one else
HE SWEAT BLOOD
Jesus knew that he would be giving up his right for A SINNER NAMED ANDRE
HE SWEAT BLOOD
A sinner like me has the opportunity to be right with God and go to heaven and live with him forever
HE SWEAT BLOOD
I understand the fact that I deserved to die but he died in my place
HE SWEAT BLOOD
When I think my world is caving in and everyone is against me and I want to sweat blood
HE SWEAT BLOOD.
don’t waste the blood of Jesus…..

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