Did you realize the last part of the Passover Seder super always concluded with a song, Psalm 118. It was the song, Jesus and the disciples sang, as they left the upper room and entered the Garden of Gethsemane. Many call it the Song of the Stone, because in the middle of the Garden sat a huge circular Olive Press stone that was used for crushing the olives to receive it’s oil. The crushing they would experience here would declare and release the destiny of both the disciples and Jesus. As they sang this song, they all came into agreement with the heart of God. The Garden would become a place of surrender. They would all experience the “Olive Press” and be crushed, as promises, hopes and dreams seemed to die as Jesus was taken away by a betrayer and the Sanhedrin for 30 pieces of silver. At that moment, everything turned toward His suffering and death. As they entered singing, Jesus knowing His time was short, now asks them to pray with Him. In Luke 22:40,46, we hear Jesus say to the disciples, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.” And in vs. 42, we hear Jesus praying, “Father, if its Your will, take this cup away from Me; never the less not My will, but Yours be done.” Its here, in times of crushing, God will send ministering angels to help (Luke 22:43).
Arrested and brought to the priests, He was put on trial and condemned to death, which was their plan all along. In the morning they took Him to Pontius Pilate, not seeing His guilt, he sent Him to Herod, who sent Him back to Pilate. He was then beaten, mocked, scourged and led through the streets of Jerusalem as those that sang Hosanna now cried out, Crucify Him. Heading to the cross, the revelation of what he was meant to do became a reality. As our sacrificial Lamb, He would suffer in agony for hours and then with His last breath say, “It is finished”, and die.
When Satan heard those words, “It is finished”, I’m sure he rejoiced and thought he’d won, but little did he know the war had just begun. Jesus’s broken body and shed blood on the cross was a part of an eternal plan of redeeming a people that had walked away from the love of God. Jesus had to die, for all the sins of the world, the guilt of man, and the fall of man. He did it all on the sixth day, the day of man, so man’s redemption, that was lost in the fall of man could be received. What the first Adam lost in the Garden of Eden, the second Adam (the Messiah) redeemed in the Garden of Gethsemane. His will was crushed (not my will but yours be done) as He yielded to Gods will and then His body was crushed as a crown of thorns were driven into His head and nails were driven through His wrists and ankles and a spear driven into His side. When the crown was driven into His head it became something very significant. Crowns represent authority and kingship, and many thought, He was the King of the Jews, but this crown of thorns meant much more. It meant, He became the King of Thorns, the King of the curse. The crown of thorns speak of the pain and tears of man which He was to bear. The thorns are tied to the curse and the curse is linked to death and by bearing the weight of the curse He becomes King over it. The one who wears the crown has authority to turn your sorrow into joy, your death into life, and your thorns into blossoms.
Question: Have you brought the thorns, the wounds, the shame, the sorrows of your life to the King of Thorns, as you commit and release them to His Authority?
Key Thought: The Key to releasing Gods authority in our lives over all our sin and shame is found in Psalm 118, the Song of the Stone, as you sing and pray your way through all the crushing you’ll go through in our Gardens of Gethsemane and receive your victory.