| Experiencing the Prayer of Jesus
“Take this cup from me.”
Jesus understood the intensity of what He had to go through.
When Jesus prayed this, he was not asking to be delivered from physical death. He knew right fromthe beginning that He had to go through every suffering, even death, to fulfill his mission. (Mark10:33-34)-
What he couldn’t bear was the separation from God the Father that would happen when the sins of the entire human race are placed upon him.-
Think of the person whom you revere the most.
Now imagine having to do something that would cause that person to stay away from you.
The person you revere/look up to/love the most cannot stand to be with you anymore.
How would you feel?
That’s how Jesus felt. Only a million times (exagg?) stronger in intensity.
The mere thought of being separated from God caused him to pray earnestly, so earnestly that hissweat turned to blood.
No matter what “cup” you are undergoing right now, be comforted in the fact that Jesus himself has undergonethe cup of suffering.
He knows what you’re going through. He understands you.
Just as He was able to overcome it, you can too!
But you have to follow what Jesus did: (
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Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Jesus submitted to the will of the Father.
Jesus, knowing what He has to go through, prayed this very bold yet humble prayer – “
let it happenas You will.”
With this prayer, He acknowledged
on the will of the Father.
Absolute dependency is to leave it all up to God – whatever He thinks is best, you’re okaywith that.-
Don’t underestimate the power of these words.-
Because of Jesus’ submission to the will of the Father, everything was put to right again.
“Jesus was by no means powerless. If he had insisted on his will and not the Father’s hecould have called down twelve legions of angels (72,000) to fight a Holy War on his behalf.”(Philip Yancey,
The Jesus I Never Knew)
He could have wiped out evil without being harmed, but if he did that, then we would all stillbe doomed for destruction.
And that is not the will of the Father.
God’s will is for us to be redeemed.
Redemption can happen only through the shedding of blood, and only that of pure,unblemished blood.
“…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…”
With Jesus being the only qualified sacrifice for the entire human race, he had to go throughthe gory process of being slaughtered.