by Randy Chambers, 2011-10-03
Hebrews 12:4, NIV: In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
The Gethsemane scene is one not soon forgotten. While the disciples slept, Jesus anguished over the events to come. His heart breaking, his eyes pierced into the heavens as He cried out to the Father, “and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Lk.22:44). In His struggle against sin, Christ had been tempted even as we are, and yet He did not sin (Heb.4:15). He resisted sin. He knew His purpose, and He knew that the lives of others depended upon Him remaining obedient to God. In our struggle against sin, perhaps we fail to see the impact our sin has on others. We often see the consequences of our actions primarily as it pertains to ourselves. But to see beyond ourselves may provide the very motivation we need to resist sin--even to the point of shedding our blood. Another’s life may depend on it.