This is the story of my Christian life. My spirit is willing but often times I find my body is indeed, weak. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples as they slept, while he prayed, moments before his betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane. As Jesus was begging God to find a way to spare him from the upcoming crucifixion, his closest friends slept. Even after Jesus woke them twice and asked them to pray also, they still slept. This is the story of all of our Christian lives and is exactly what makes our need for Gods’ grace on a daily basis so important. We all fail, we all sin. I would venture to say that it happens on a daily basis for me, sometimes hourly, or lets get even more real, sometimes I need the grace of God on a minute-by-minute basis. It is what makes the truth of the sacrifice on the cross so real for me. He knew full well, that even as I experience the love of God and all the life changing, relationship altering, world shaking benefits that come with salvation, I would still momentarily turn my back to him and towards my own selfish desires. Jesus knew all this fully in advance, and still he went to the cross and died for me.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8