Another Agony

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Another Agony In the Garden by Phillipe Champlaine. I seriously doubt any of the masters could have captured the true agony.

I prefer not to post the medical examiner’s results of the crucifixion here but focus in the risen Lord. But I have read them. The last thing is suffocation. As the saying goes, it may be Friday but Sunday is coming.

In the Catholic tradition, Matthew 26:40 is the basis of the Holy Hour devotion for Eucharistic adoration. “Then He said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful even to death; remain here, and watch with Me.'” Matthew 26:38 Coming to the disciples, He found them sleeping and, in Matthew 26:40, asked Peter:

“So, could you not watch with Me one hour?”

The tradition of the Holy Hour devotion dates back to 1673 when Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque stated that she had a vision of Jesus in which she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Hematidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress- Fight-or-flight response to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands. It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause hematidrosis, I would say that is a possible explanation of Luke’s description of Christ, he was a physician.

Though that term was not in use, I have heard that His heart was exploding, but that would have probably killed Him and it was not time. When it was pierced, blood and water came forth and even the centurion, said He was the Son of God.

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In The Garden

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Another version of Agony in the Garden by Frans Schwartz, from Denmark, painted in 1898. This one has a bluish tint and I have seen it with a whiter or lightened filter perhaps, I’m sure the copies differ from the original.

I thought this gave it a sort of a shadow, the protection of God and the devilish scheme for Him to die too soon. The plan of redemption must not fail, and God had every detail in place.

In honor of Good Friday and the crucifixion, I want us to take a moment of silence to remember Him, amid all the service and celebrations, give Him some quiet time and reflect on what He has done for you.

https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frans_Schwartz

Looks like this may be the original.

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Gethsemane

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I did not find an artist for this one but it is  beautiful and a portrays Jesus agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. He faces the cup and prays for His father’s will to be done even as all of His humanity fights against Him.

The disciples are nearby and cannot stay awake, ultimately soldiers come with torches and He is betrayed with a Judas kiss even as He calls him friend. Peter, in anger, strikes Malchus ear off, Jesus heals it. That is power that His glory can knock over soldiers who come for Him and heal even after the agony.

No one could take His life unless He gave it willingly. And that is perfect love, and why we should walk in ways and not be afraid. His body and blood sealed forever our salvation in a covenant of peace. An He willed us His peace in John 14:27.

I hope you read John’s account of the events this week, or even the whole book. For it is the true book of love, because it is all about Jesus. I pray we remember the cross, but more so the risen Lord, Sunday is coming.

Take This Cup

I especially like this one from Mattheus Stomer, another Agony in the Garden, like El Greco, he has the disciples in the background, although they don’t appear to be asleep. He has captured the angel pointing to the cup that Jesus will eventually drink.

I like Hebrew Studies and they can deep, I like to keep things simple. Remember, Jesus said traditions made God’s word of no effect in some instances. Many religious people go through the motions and many more don’t even understand why we do what we do.

To celebrate the Passover there are four cups of wine or grape juice poured, the reasons are much the same, though they vary in explanations. Passover commemorates the freedom from captivity, there is the Passover lamb which for us is Jesus. Like the lamb’s blood was put on the doorpost for death tp pass, it is like His blood over us.

The four cups of Passover are an integral part of the Passover celebration. They stand for each of the four promises the Lord makes to His people in Exodus 6:6-7. And there is even a fifth one, we will talk about later.

The Cup of Sanctification

I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. This is also a healing promise.

The Cup of Deliverance

I will rescue you from their bondage.

The Cup of Redemption

I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.

The Cup of Praise

I will take you as My people.

Jesus ministry on earth defined all these promises, and He actually fulfilled all the law and promises, the only perfect man and worthy sacrifice.

Jesus sanctifies us. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. (John 17:19).

Jesus delivers us. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32).

Jesus redeems us. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5).

Jesus is our joy. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11).

And that last cup which I believe may relate to the one in the Garden of Gethsemane, was the cup of Elijah. It was pour in the ceremony and left in the center of the table for Elijah. It is was left for the children to watch to see if Elijah was there drinking it suppose, much like looking for treasure in the afikomen bag, hidden in the matzah bread, which is a symbol of His body, pierced, bruised, looking a little scorched. Jesus did not remain in hell, He took the keys and was raised from the dead.

When John the Baptist came, they thought He was Elijah, they thought Jesus was. They were disappointed, although he was the Messiah, He was not delivering them they we they thought He would. So He drank the cup , whether or not it was Elijah’s. I don’t know for sure.

Elijah and Enoch never died, Elijah left in  a chariot, and Enoch just disappeared, all a type of Rapture or cating away, which is what I believe Jesus will do before His Second Coming and defeating the AntiChrist. these events are ever closer, so don’t be afraid of Communion.

Just know you are a believer, entitled to the promises, heirs of salvation. You inherited because He died not when you do. Remember to proclaim His death until He comes, know it is for healing and forgiveness, don’t be a willing sinner or abuse His grace.

There is also the phrase Dayenu, pronounced di- ay- nu. It is a song sung at Passover, it means that it would have been enough. And it it would to be freed from slavery, but God did more. Much more. And so did Jesus, His last word, tetelestai, ” It is finished. “, paid in full, would have been enough, not going to hell, but like His Father He did much more.

And also I do believe Elijah and Enoch will be the two witnesses of Revelation, who come to teach the Jews and are executed.

May God bless you and I hope this explains, Passover, and the Lord’s Supper.

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Red Winged Seraph

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They are above His throne, crying, holy, holy, holy. Revelation 4:8

Holy, Holy, Holy Lyrics

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Reginald Heber

 

Chalice Angel

Angel with eyes looking to heaven,

Have you seen the Savior, break the bread?

Were you there when He was crucified?

Raised from the dead?

Does your chalice hold wine for the wedding?

Are you preparing the Marriage Feast? For the bride?

For toward heaven we are heading,

Communion with our Lord,

Forever safe and loved, eternally at His side.

The Lord will welcome us with love,

And arms open wide.

Blessed Jesus, risen Lord,

Our beloved, moving toward.

May our Holy Communion with you,

Always be blessed,

And heaven or earth,

May we remain in your rest.

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Gethsemane 1612

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This is a painting of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, painted by El Greco, in 1612. While I wanted my whole month to be about guardian angels, I realize that we have Good Friday and and also Easter or Resurrection Day. I can post for the week, angels were in Gethsemane and all the way to the Ascension.

It dawned on me that Jesus also had guardian angels, angels were present at His birth, warned Joseph to leave and escape Herod. He also managed to avoid those who disliked and would have killed Him during His ministry. Even Gabriel came to Mary and they were there after He was tempted and here in Gethsemane. Notice in particular the disciples, El Greco captures them perfectly.

In  this link to him, Domenikos Theotokopolous, otherwise known as El Greco, you can read about the icon painter, who was considered a master by the age of twenty two. In the article you will see the Assumption of Mary and the Disrobing of Christ, two other outstanding pieces.

El Greco did arrive in Rome but Michelangelo  and Raphael had died already. The master artist even offered to paint over the work in the Sistine Chapel. While that might not have been his best idea, he was indeed a master. signature_1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Greco

 

Still Waters

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Psalm 23 has been a topic of study lately, and indeed He will lead us beside still waters and restore our soul. This lovely angel is protecting a girl who has been picking flowers. The light of God is shining over her as she approaches even the smallest brook.

God has a way of protecting us from even the smallest of problems or worries if we will allow Him to. While angelic intervention is often unseen there will be times when it is a major occurrence in our lives. Being saved from or averting disaster will certainly be noticed.

But even on a daily basis, with so many things go on in our lives, we can easily be reminded of His protection from even small incidents. This brook isn’t very deep or wide for that matter and still the angel is watching. How many times a day to we actually just step over or walk through danger with angelic assistance and not even realize it?

His peace, Rebecca Jones

Lovely Angel

What a lovely angel with folded hands and looking peaceful and lovely. We all should take a moment every day to thank God for our protection and for the work and presence of His guardian angels in our lives. No matter what we go through, they are there in response to prayer.

So spend a quiet afternoon, now and again. Who knows? You just may end up know how much God has protected you from with an angel unaware, while you were unaware.

That happened to me recently, with a dream that was more like a vision, I realized that I had been protected from someone I don’t think I ever even knew. The only girl I did know by that name was long gone, moved out of state and I don’t think she was a bad person.

And yet, I can look back and see how I loved people and tried to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and that is not always a good idea. You can be hurt trying to help others too much, so do what the Holy Spirit leads you too, and that;s all. You can’t fix things but He can. His peace Rebecca Jones

Guardian Angel

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Melchior Paul von Deschwanden 1811 – 1881, a Swiss religious artist, isn’t this lovely, and angel watching over a sleeping child with a hat, so near a little stream. The painter from Switzerland never married and some of his first works were altarpieces. They are in the second link, along with another beautiful piece of art, the Christ Child.

In the third link, which is to some that were auctioned, is one of my favorite of his pieces, the Resurrection Angels. I may post that one individually as well. This guardian angel was done in 1859, and like many of his masterpieces, is glorious. He was an amazingly gifted artist, and this is a great example of a guardian and a sleeping child, even representing us as His children. The name of the painting, Schutzengel bewacht den Schlaf eines Kindes…. 1859, my German or Dutch is limited so I’m guessing Guardian Angel Watching a Sleeping Child. His peace, Rebecca Jones

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melchior_Paul_von_Deschwanden

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Melchior_Paul_von_Deschwanden

http://www.artnet.com/artists/melchior-paul-von-deschwanden/