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What If Jesus had said NO ?

Matthew 26:36-38 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 

This Easter season, I have been listening to the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar. The rock opera from 1973. The music is fabulous.

I have seen the play 3 times, the music and acting have always been wonderful, the story of course, timeless. As you know Jesus Christ Superstar is the early rendition of the Passion story (set to music).  Jesus’s last days before being crucified. My question is; What if Jesus had said NO?

The scripture from Matthew talks about the disciples staying with him while he prays. The song “Garden of Gethsemane” is taken from that verse. He knew what was coming. He knew it was going to be horrible. What if he had said NO ?

If He had said NO, where would we be?  Christ died for us.  Every one of us.
The ultimate sacrifice. He loves us every day. The good days, the bad days, the days when we do not even give Him a thought.

Thank God he did.

Maureen Herzog


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