By Ray Delgado
As being one of Gods many beautiful creations, the angels in Heaven knew of Gods redemptive plan for all humanity, but being that God is the only Supreme Omniscient Being they didn’t have full knowledge of all the details about His plan. I’m sure a few select hierarchy of angels were in the whole fold of things to come, but the majority of Heaven was awaiting the outcome of this unprecedented act of God in anticipation.
As the Holy Spirit drew all angelical beings from all corners of the heavens to gather ’round the Throne of the Almighty, the archangels gave strict orders to the countless legions to fix their eyes on earth. Cosmic history unlike which none has been seen since the Genesis, was about to unfold!
Although Jesus had told the twelve about His soon and upcoming departure, they did not fully comprehend what was about to transpire. They were soon to be involved in a plan that had been determined before time existed.
The bread was broken, the wine was drank. Soon after, the walk to the garden was underway. With bellies full and the night ahead of them, all that was on the mind of the eleven was sleep. If only they knew what was on the mind of their Lord they might have stood awake.
This was a torturous cup! This was a murderous cup! This was a bitter cup! But the Lord knew, the cup was His! For the Father had poured it for the Son to drink and the Son accepted it.
The humanness of Jesus was on full display.
Anguish, despair, sorrow. Red drops of sweat embraced the ground with overwhelming sadness! Yet, through prayer and obedience to the Father, the cup was in the hands of Jesus and there was nothing left to do, but drink.
The stench of betrayal permeates through His cheek!
The forgiveness of man begins with the kiss of a traitor!
Hate breeds lies. Lies come from the father of lies. The father of lies was a murderer from day one. Hate is a murderer! They loved their father, who was from below. They were a bloodthirsty brood! Ungodly accusers! They craved the Blood of the Innocent. The cowards howled for the terrible pain which the Tree promised to deliver. They welcomed His Blood on to their hands and on to the hands of their children.
The halls of injustice prevailed! He had no chance.
O’ cruel man! You would have had more mercy on a stray dog then you did on the Son of Man! Excruciating and agonizing! Open stripes that colored the soil red and turned the heart blue. A Crown of pain was placed upon You. Beaten relentlessly! Unrecognizable! Humiliation on parade! Sorrow took the lead, dignity lagged behind trying unsuccessfully to catch up. The path of despair was walked by the One who would soon pave the narrow road, open to all, but chosen only to be traveled by few.
The Tree He carried on His shoulders weighed but an ounce compared to the weight of the world He was about to take upon Himself.
Onward to the skull! Mercilessly!
The spikes that pierced His hands and feet, the spear that pierced His side, also pierced His mothers heart. Raised He was! Hour after hour times three, He hung.
The invitation was sent. Death never cancels.
It was finished!
Ugly suffering He endured, for the beautiful Grace to abound!
Flee in defeat ‘O enemy of God and man!
Victory is His!
The angels did not understand why the Father had turned His back on the Son. This Jesus had been with them for all eternity. In fact, He created them! Now here He was on earth getting slaughtered by another one of His very own creations!
At the moment before His death, every vile, nasty, ugly, unspeakable, unholy, rotten, dirty, perverted, underhanded, shameful, despicable, lowdown, shady, gross, immoral, blasphemous, godless sin committed and yet to be committed by wicked men was to be taken into Himself all at once, once and for all!
For no other reason than, because He loved us!
It is for this reason that all Heaven stood breathless!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”