32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.
Within Passion week Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, perhaps as He never prayed before. Jesus knew from the foundation of the world that He would be the sacrifice for our sins. He knew this would be a terrible time. Jesus also knew that this was the moment of man’s redemption. Hebrews says that Jesus looked past the moment to joy that was before Him.
And yet, Jesus prayed that if it were possible, if there were any other way for the will of the Father in redemption to be accomplished, let that happen instead. This might be hard for us to understand on this side of the Cross. And yet, there was Jesus on the front side of the Cross, in full knowledge of the cost of our forgiveness of sin, crying out for a potential plan B.
On this side of the Cross, we see the full attack on the Son of God and we are in awe of all that He endured to save sinners like us. On this side of the Cross we rejoice in Christ’s sacrifice of Himself to bring us to the Father. But on the other side of the Cross, Jesus, in all of His humanity, asked the Father if there were another way. Of course, there wasn’t and the Son again submitted to the Father’s will.
As we submit to God there will be times when His will is difficult. Again, we look to the Savior who understands all of our trials and we find both an example and strength.
I am looking forward to our Good Friday service. I trust you have set that time aside to remember the crucifixion of our Savior. We will have four ten minute presentations from four of us.
We need some more breakfast items for Sunday morning’s breakfast at church. If you did not get to the sign up sheet please text or contact Bobbi to let her know what you can bring. Thanks.
Have a great day in the Lord,