Summary: This sermon reassures the believer that we have our salvation because Jesus the Christ refused to come down from that old rugged cross because of His Pit Bull Mentality.
Pit bulls are some of the most vicious dogs that an owner can purchase. They are known by society for holding on relentlessly to their victim until dead. Once they grab hold, they are determined not to let go. They are focused with a made up mind not to release their prey.
There is a man that displayed the “Pit Bull Mentality. Jesus the Christ had the Pit Bull Mentality.
There were two acts took place with Jesus the Christ which led Him to the decision He made in the Garden of Gethsemane, and that brings me to my first point of two points.
Point Number One:Be Careful Not To Yield To Temptation
Going back to the Garden Of Gethsemane, Jesus told his disciples to stop at a particular place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was just a stone’s throw away from His disciples. He asked them to pray while He hooked up with His Father, but they feel asleep. Sometimes when we asked our friends to do something that is simple, it may not always come to past.
Jesus had to go to His Island of Patmos. Jesus had to lay prostrate before His Father in Heaven. Jesus had to make a visit to His Island of Patmos. Going to your Island of Patmos is not a place that you look forward to going. That is a grievous time.
It is a time that you are seeking God’s face because your child is in trouble. That is a time you are seeking God’s face because someone is sick or dying. It is a time you are seeking God’s face because your house is going up for foreclosure. This is a time when you are seeking the face of God for yourself. This is not a happy or pleasant time.
The bible says that Jesus asked His Father in heaven to remove the cup from Him. The quote is “Let this cup pass from me.” He wasn’t concerned about death.
Jesus was not fearing nor shrinking from death. Death for a cause is not such a great price to pay. Many men have so died, fearlessly and willingly. Some even perhaps have died more cruelly that Christ Himself. Looking at the scripture, the human nature and will of Jesus the Christ is clearly seen in this experience. He was as much flesh as any man is. Jesus was begging His Father. He begged God to choose another way other than the cup if possible.
The experience of being separated from His Father (God) on the cross was too much for Him to bear.
The divine nature and will of Jesus the Christ is clearly seen. Jesus says in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” This was the first act, the first impulse and struggle of His will. This came from the flesh. He wanted to escape the cup of separation from His Father in heaven.
He was being attack by the spirit of the flesh. He wanted His Father to make some other provisions for Him to carry out His mission.
Satan was right there in the garden with Jesus. He was banking on Jesus not accepting the cup of separation. Using my spiritual imagination, Satan was using everything he could to discourage Jesus the Christ from going to that old rugged cross. Satan knew what was at stake.
We have to be care and not allow ourselves to fall into temptation. That’s why the songwriter wrote the song, “Yield Not To Temptation For Yielding Is Sin.