The Mighty Power of His Love
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” — Luke 22:44
The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin when it was able to crush the Savior, so that he distilled great drops of blood!
This demonstrates the mighty power of his love. It is a very pretty observation of old Isaac Ambrose that the gum which exudes from the tree without cutting is always the best. This precious camphire-tree yielded most sweet spices when it was wounded under the knotty whips, and when it was pierced by the nails on the cross; but see, it gives forth its best spice when there is no whip, no nail, no wound.
This sets forth the voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings, since without a lance, the blood flowed freely. No need to put on the leech, or apply the knife; it flows spontaneously. No need for the rulers to cry, “Spring up, O well;” of itself it flows in crimson torrents. If men suffer great pain of mind, apparently the blood rushes to the heart. The cheeks are pale; a fainting fit comes on; the blood has gone inward as if to nourish the inner man while passing through its trial. But see our Savior in His agony; He is so utterly oblivious of self, that instead of his agony driving His blood to the heart to nourish himself, it drives it outward to bedew the earth.
The agony of Christ, inasmuch as it pours him out upon the ground, pictures the fullness of the offering, which he made for men. Do we not perceive how intense must have been the wrestling through which he passed, and will we not hear its voice to us? “You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Behold the great Apostle and High Priest of our profession, who sweat even to blood rather than yield to the great tempter of your souls. – C.H. Spurgeon
The Lord’s Day Services
|Sunday, March 20th||10:00a.m.||Sunday School classes for all ages.
Adult Bible Class – Study on God’s Existence & Attributes – Dr. Frank McClelland
|11:00p.m.||Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders|
|5:45p.m.||Men’s choir practice|
|6:00p.m.||Pre-Service Prayer Meeting
Youth/College & Career choir practice in basement
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Easter Praise
Fellowship and Refreshments after the evening service.
Team #2 is on Set-up and Clean-up
|Wednesday, March 30th||7:25p.m.||Prayer Meeting & Bible Study|
|Friday, April 1st||9:00a.m.||Women’s Morning Bible Study|
|7:00p.m.||Good News Bible Club|
|Sunday, April 3rd||11:00a.m.||Morning Service – Dr. Frank McClelland
Communion Service – Rev. Lee Sterritt
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Mr. Roger Valenziano|
|Wednesday, April 6th||7:25p.m.||Prayer Meeting & Bible Study|
|Thursday, April 7th||7:30p.m.||Youth Fellowship|
|Friday, April 8th||7:00p.m.||Good News Bible Club|
Please Pray For:
Congregational Memory Verses
- “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
- Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
- And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
- And I will be found of you, saith the LORD…”
Men’s Bible Fellowship Weekend
We are planning a Men’s Bible Fellowship Weekend at Nottawasaga Inn & Resort. We are looking forward to having the Rev. Colin Mercer as the guest speaker.
Date: April 8th & 9th, 2016
Cost: Double Room $85/person or Single Room $100. This includes one night accommodation and three meals.
There is a sign up sheet in the foyer of the church, for those who would like to attend.
Presbytery Youth Outreach Initiative – LIBERIA
May 17th – 31st, 2016
If any young people are interested in a Missions trip to Liberia, please contact Dr. Saunders immediately for details. You will be responsible for half of the airfare, about $1500. You will also require certain vaccinations. Rev. Colin Mercer is organizing the trip under the auspices of FPCNA.