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Let this be your first step,—go to Christ.  Do you want to consult friends?—He is the best friend: “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).  Do you feel unworthy because of your sins?—Fear not: his blood cleanseth from all sin.  He says, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).  Do you feel weak, and unable to follow him?—Fear not: he will give you power to become sons of God.  He will give you the Holy Ghost to dwell in you, and seal you for his own; a new heart will he give you, and a new spirit will he put within you.  Are you troubled or beset with peculiar infirmities?—fear not: there is no evil spirit that Jesus cannot cast out,—there is no disease of soul that he cannot heal.  Do you feel doubts and fears?—Cast them aside: “Come unto me”, he says (Matt. 11:28); “him that cometh I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).  He knows well the heart of a young man.  He knows your trials and your temptations, your difficulties and your foes.  In the days of his flesh, he was like yourselves,—a young man at Nazareth.  He knows by experience a young man’s mind.  He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities,—for he suffered himself, being tempted (Heb. 2:18, 4:15).  Surely, you will be without excuse if you turn away from such a Saviour and Friend as this.

—J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2015; reprinted from Ryle, The Upper Room, Hunt, 1888), p. 41-42.  Spelling and punctuation from the original.

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While under Old Testament law the high priest would go into the presence of the Lord in the Holy of Holies on behalf of the rest of Israel, the Son takes us before his Father—and there the Spirit helps us.

—Michael Reeves, Enjoy Your Prayer Life (Leyland: 10Publishing, 2014), 27-28.  Emphasis in original.

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Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile meditates on Jesus’ prayer that crucial night outside Jerusalem:

We’re not to think no answer was given on that amazing night in Gethsemane.  Neither are we to think that the Father’s silent “No” indicated purposeless neglect, as though God the Father were a divine deadbeat dad.  We’re to understand that the only Perfect Father found occasion to deny the only Perfect Son because such denial achieved the only perfect ends.

Why should we be forever grateful that God said no?

  1. Because we need a High Priest who can identify with us (Heb. 2:16-18, 4:15).
  2. Because Jesus is the only possible mediator between God and man (Rom. 8:7; 1 Tim. 2:5; Acts 4:12).
  3. Because there would otherwise be no atonement for our sin (Heb. 2:17; 1 John 4:10).
  4. Because there was no other way to vindicate His own righteousness (Rom. 3:25-26).
  5. Because there was no other way to reveal the mutual glory of the Father and the Son (John 13:31-32; 17:1, 4-5).

As Pastor Anyabwile concludes, “Gethsemane’s silent answer will eternally be heard in the loud joyous praises of the universe!”

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