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The Man of Sorrows

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

Hebrews 4: 15, 16

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The Man of Sorrows pours out His supplications with strong crying and tears. He prays for strength to endure the test in behalf of humanity. He must Himself gain a fresh hold on Omnipotence, for only thus can He contemplate the future. And He pours out His heart longings for His disciples, that in the hour of the power of darkness their faith may not fail. The dew is heavy upon His bowed form, but He heeds it not. The shadows of night gather thickly about Him, but He regards not their gloom. — (The Desire of Ages, 419, 420.) {Pr 170.1} When Jesus entered the wilderness He was shut in by the Father’s glory. Absorbed in communion with God, He was lifted above human weakness. But the glory departed, and He was left to battle with temptation. It was pressing upon Him every moment. His human nature shrank from the conflict that awaited Him. For forty days He fasted and prayed. Weak and emaciated from hunger, worn and haggard with mental agony, “his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14). Now was Satan’s opportunity. Now he supposed that he could overcome Christ. — (Selected Messages 1:227, 228.) {Pr 170.2}

Jesus was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin. Jesus endured these tests on our behalf. He did this for you and He did it for me. When in the wilderness, He received strength from God as He was shut in by the Father’s glory. But the glory departed, and He was left to battle with temptation. Now was Satan’s opportunity where he thought he could overcome Christ. Well, we all know that Satan thought wrong, didn’t he? The question for us is can we overcome? Can we have victory over sin? Yes, brothers and sisters, as Jesus received strength from His Father through prayer, we can also receive strength from our Father. So, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Our Kind and Heavenly Father,

We thank You for giving us this privilege and honor to be able to come boldly to the foot of Your throne where we may obtain mercy and grace. Dear Jesus, our High Priest, You were tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. But, the same cannot be said for us sinners as we come to You in our filthy rags. We have succumbed to Satan’s temptations. We are so sorry and humbly repent of all our sins. You are the Captain of our salvation and have given us Your promise, that if we confess our sins, that You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. So, we ask You this Sabbath Day that You forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That we may put on the robe of righteousness so that You may present us faultless to our Heavenly Father. Whether we are like Moses, who saw the first death or like Elijah, who was translated to heaven, it is our prayer that we are worthy to enter Your heavenly kingdom. Help us to endure the tests that we are to face. Help us that our faith fails not. Help us that we would sin no more. Put a hedge around us, encamp Your angels round about us, as families and individually. Let not the adversary penetrate this hedge. If Satan were to gain a foothold inside our hedge, empower us with Your word, Your double-edged sword, that we may rebuke Satan, his demons, and all the people he works through and send them fleeing from us. You have told us that Your compassions fail not. We have a work to do and what good would our dead and dry bones be for You? Strengthen us Dear Lord and give us courage to press forward in Your work of salvation. Let everything we say and do, and whatever our hands touch, let it be for the Glory of Your name. Anoint us with a double portion of Your Holy Spirit, may our cup runneth over. We thank You for being with us, for watching over us, protecting us and keeping us safe. Save us and forgive us of our sins. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers and for giving us the victory over sin. This we ask, and submit this prayer to the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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