Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”(Matthew 26:39)
Bible verse above is the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was arrested. We all know that is the beginning of the series of Jesus’ suffering. Jesus will experience so many heavy suffering in order to fulfill God’s will. Jesus was willing to commit all that just for us. Supposed we are the ones who receive it all, but it was Jesus who replace all our sins and redeem with His sacrifice. When the first time I studied on this passage, there is a question in my mind. Why Jesus willing to do all of this? After I learn more deeply I got two answer of my question.
First, Jesus strongly adheres to His Father will. It is implied in His word:” Yet as I will, but as you will” this word describes Jesus’ obedience to Father in Heaven. In His position as a man, Jesus felt scared and if could, He doesn’t want to take the suffering. It reflected in His words: “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” But because His obedience, He submit all to the God’s Hand.
The second answer is, it all started from how much God’s love to us as He said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus loves us so much, and He knows very well how great the love of the Father for us, and for that He would through a series of terrible processes in order to fulfill the work of salvation according to the Father’s will which is given to everyone.
Moreover, it has been prophesied by Isaiah: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”(Isaiah 53:5-6) and also in Isaiah 53:12:“Therefore I will give him a portion among the great and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
That’s what Jesus did. He took over completely and perfectly fulfills God’s will. Loud screams could be heard from the cross: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) A scream that describes the incredible loneliness. Jesus nailed to the middle of the cross, alone; bear the weight of so much our sin. Then at last a loud cry comes next just before Jesus died: “It is finished.”(John 19:30). It means that all that has been prophesied is fulfilled by Jesus.
My dear friends, this evening, let’s we take a special time to give thanks and heartfelt gratitude for all the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for all of us. Today if we can go to the pure and holy throne of God without fear, if we could hear his voice and feel His presence this time, all of it is the fruit of Christ’s redemptive work. When people give a special gift to us, it means that people love and care for us. Same as our Lord. He gives us very, very special gift.That’s the greatest gift, there’s no greater love than this. Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away our sins. Jesus has completed a series of Father’s will with thoroughly and perfect, so we were supposed to perish now been granted of the eternal salvation. And then make sure to avoid all of Christ’s sacrifice be in vain upon us. Living in Divine truth, be faithful to Him and manifest His love significantly with proclaim god’s love to others. Amen.
“And by his wounds we are healed.” ( Isaiah 53:5)
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