The chinese word for “grace” is 恩. It is made up of 3 words, Garden, a man carrying a beam and heart (田大心). It is a picture of a man who made a decision to bear a beam whole heartily in a Garden.
Luke 22:44 (New International Version)
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
God said to Adam when he sinned by taking the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and Evil, “Physical hardship, painful toil, disappointing vexations, and hard struggle were appointed as the lot of the man, who was definitely adjudged a guilty sinner.” Formerly the earth had yielded its produce easily and freely to man, in great abundance. Adam had only to “dress” the garden (Gen 2:15) in order to enjoy its luscious fruits. But by now God pronounced a special curse on the ground. Henceforth it would yield its grains and fruits reluctantly.
Adam had to sweat in order for fruit to be produced. The curse is not working for produce but toiling for it. Toiling does not only mean hard work but also worrying. You may say at this moment I don’t have to work very hard for money, but the curse includes being worried about losing it. You can have a lot and worry a lot, when you are under the Curse. The curse of Poverty is the constant worry of money and not just the lack of it.
When Jesus suffered at the Garden at Gethsemane, His blood was mixed with His sweat as He suffered great anguish. Medical practitioners tell us it is due to great stress. My friends I like to suggest to you that He was redeeming you from Adam’s curse of having to toil (be stressful and be worried) to gain wealth or at least having his needs met. His blood was washing Adam’s sweat. Jesus went through extreme toil and anguish in order to redeem us of this curse.
It is also Southern Chinese Mandarin colloquialism for “Yes”. It is approximate to the sound that is made for pausing (to think) or agreeing. Thus “uh huh” or “alright” and is often used subconsciously.
Dear friends, the man in the Garden is Jesus. He bored the cross so that God says “Yes”, “uh huh” and “alright” to us. Because of Jesus, God even does it “subconsciously”. It is almost like He does not have to think twice.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Be very blessed today!