Friday, March 16, 2018

Breaking Point

Alone with a choice to make. Take the easy way out or do what needs to be done. But the right choice has a cost, a huge cost.

No one likes to be in a situation like the one described above. We want what is certain and sure, what is pleasant and easy. We do everything to eliminate the unknown from our lives. Sacrifice for what is right can make cowards of us all.

The Garden of Gethsemane is a scene of decision in the life of Jesus Christ which brought him to the breaking point. He could have walked away from it all, escaping through the back of the garden and disappearing into the barren Judean Wilderness nearby. But that was really no option. Everything he had done up to that moment pointed to what he was about to experience. His birth, ministry, miracles and teaching were all just a preparation for the cross.

But what a cross! What a sacrifice! As he trembled, soaked in bloody sweat on the damp ground by an olive tree the pressure of actually going through with it all was overwhelming.

You know how the story goes. You’re familiar with the events after Gethsemane. Most are. The question is, “Why? Why would he go through with it when it wasn’t even a problem of his making?” That’s where we come in – you and me. Christ went through his breaking point so that we can have the strength to overcome our breaking point. Someday we’re going to breath our last and then stand on the edge of eternity. At that moment, only one thing will matter to us – that Jesus Christ got off his knees in Gethsemane and walked to the cross of Golgotha.

Spend some time in the Garden of Gethsemane with us this weekend as we contemplate how Jesus went through his breaking point – for us.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.