Luke 22:43 - Angels Are Ready to Strengthen You.

Luke 22:43 (NKJV) Then an angel appeared to 
Him from heaven, strengthening Him.  

Luke 22:43 (NIV) An angel from heaven 
appeared to him and strengthened him.  


   Doctors circled the hospital bed where my 
husband awaited a diagnosis. Initial testing was 
complete. "Acute myeloid leukemia," the lead doctor 
stated. Russ was admitted to the cancer center for a 
month. We were crushed. We didn't want the cup we'd 
been handed. Only three weeks prior, Russ had 
retired from law enforcement and hung up his uniform 
for the last time. Now he was weak and 
defenseless in a flimsy hospital gown. Despite my best 
efforts to encourage him, he felt utterly alone. 
   Sometimes I did too, even though I knew 
my Savior watched with compassion. Utterly 
alone, Jesus asked that His cup be taken from Him 
in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42). 
   Interestingly, Gethsemane means "olive 
press." Just as olives are pressed and crushed to 
extract their oil, Jesus agonized under the crushing 
weight of the sins He would bear to the point of 
sweating blood. Though God did not take the cup from 
Jesus, He did send an angel to strengthen His Son. 
   And Jesus sent an angel to Russ too. Joe 
arrived, rolling a chemo IV pole identical to my 
husband's down the hall. Joe loved Jesus, farming, and 
basketball. The two men never ran out of things to talk 
about, or laugh about, during their daily visits. 
   When we wish the cup would pass from us, 
Jesus doesn't leave us to bear it alone. He may 
send a person, like Joe, or a Bible verse at just 
the right moment, or a new message in a worship 
song we've sung before. No matter what cup we're 
given, we never drink it alone. Karen Sargent 
   Faith Step: Look and listen for the 
variety of ways Jesus strengthens you throughout 
your day. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Matthew 4:11 (NKJV) Then the devil left Him, 
and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.