Rabbi Schneider — The Jesus of Gethsemane
Beloved, all of us want to feel good. It's only natural. But did you ever consider that Jesus calls us to also share with him in his sufferings? This is an important word. Stay tuned for today's Discovering the Jewish Jesus.
God bless you and Shalom, my beloved ones. This is Rabbi Schneider. Thank you for joining me today on this edition of Discovering the Jewish Jesus. I'm in the middle of a series that I've called A Baptism of Love. It's a very short and concise synopsis of the Song of Songs.
Now I'm gonna start traveling quicker now through the chapters. I really want to encourage you, beloved one, to take this word very, very seriously. The Bible tells us that God is love. And the Song of Songs more than any other book in the Bible reveals to us the love of God in the emotional sense of the world.
The Bible tells us through the Song of Songs how God feels about us. You see, the rabbis considered this Book the Holy of Holies of the Old Testament. I'm gonna pick up right now where I left off last week. I encourage you to get this entire series, but I don't have time to review today.
I'm picking up where I left off last week in the 16th verse of chapter number 4. In the 16th verse, we find that the Shulamite bride had fully yielded to Jesus, and she said, Lord, my life is not my own.
Whatever you want to do with my life, you have my permission. Wherever you want to send me, wherever you want to bring me, whatever you want to do with me, whatever I have to go through, Jesus, I want to go with you whatever it takes as long as the end result is that you will fully be able to live your life in me and through me.
See the Bible tells us through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. James tells us that we must go through various trials to take fully into possession our inheritance. This is what the Shulamite bride is yielding to in the 16th verse of chapter 4.
Hear the Word of God. She says to Jesus here through King Solomon. King Solomon is the prophetic type of Jesus. She says: Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits. She's saying Lord, whatever you want to do with me; all I ask is that you'll fully take possession of my life and that the beauty of your fragrance might be wafted abroad through my life.
In other words that Jesus, the world might see you in me. Now let me tell you, this is a radical prayer. To give Jesus full permission to do with you whatever he wants to do with you without reservation, this is a radical prayer. And you know what he's gonna do when you pray a prayer like that? He's gonna answer it. The Bible says if we ask him anything according to his will, that he hears us and will answer.
Now I want to give some of you right now an opportunity to invite Jesus into your life, to do with you everything he wants to do so that he can fully, beloved ones, have his way with you.