Do you ever feel scared? It’s an odd little word, isn’t it, often associated more with children than adults, but since it means ‘being filled with fear or alarm’, it’s definitely an adult problem, too. Would it surprise you to know that Yahshua understood about being scared? “Don’t be afraid,” He said frequently; and often spoke peace to the anxious and needy. I believe He was good at this because He had faced His own fears and found peace in His Father. The night before He died he was able to say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” [John 14:27]. But only a few hours later He, Himself, was troubled indeed!
Throughout His life Yahshua became very familiar with the Torah [see Luke 2:46-49], and I often wonder just when He became aware that He was the promised Messiah, and how long He spent studying those passages that deal with His suffering and death. He spoke about them to His disciples regularly, trying to prepare them for what was to happen [Matthew 20:18-19]. It’s hardly surprising then, that when He turned into the Garden of Gethsemane on that fateful evening, He was feeling anxious, depressed – and scared! [Matthew 26:37-39]
Did Yahshua choose this garden particularly? The word ‘gethsemane’ means ‘oil press’ and was used to describe a place where oil was squeezed out of olives under pressure. In the Garden of Gethsemane Yahshua would come under immense pressure as He faced the enormity of His imminent, brutal suffering, humiliation, rejection and death. In fact, it took several attempts to bring His fear under the control of acceptance and peace. [Matthew 26:39-43]
Are you facing an unavoidable situation that is unthinkable and scary? Talk to Yahweh about it! Confessing we feel scared is not weakness, it’s honesty! Honest prayer is ‘heard’ prayer; answered prayer. Draw strength from the fact that Yahshua had to talk to Yahweh about the same fear at least three times, but when He had found His peace He met those final hours magnificently! True courage is facing that fear and moving steadily towards it.
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