Jesus asked God to remove the cup of wrath from Him. The rich meaning of this request lay within the cups of the Passover Seder. It is another indication that Jesus was bearing the sins of all mankind as he knelt there in the Garden of Gethsemane.
His prayer was so impassioned and fervent that His sweat fell to the ground as drops of blood. He was in the deepest anguish and He asked the Father to allow the cup to pass from Him. He asked for another way to rescue mankind.
Was it the nails he feared? Was it the whipping? Was it the shame of nakedness? Was it the pain? I think those were part of why He asked for the cup to pass Him by, but I think more than all those combined, it was that sin would be laid upon His shoulders.
Jesus was God. Jesus walked here as a human, but He never sinned. Never. Yet on that day when He would suffer and die, every sin of every person of all time would be laid on Him.
It’s hard to comprehend that Jesus God could be separated from Father God, yet we read that He experienced God’s face turned away from Him. That pain would have been so much worse than the nails, lashes, and thorns.
And yet, for us He said, “Not my will, but Yours.” He knew that this path was part of God’s plan for all mankind, and He agreed to be part of that plan, taking on whatever came.
I prayed the same when everything pointed to my husband’s impending death that night of the brain aneurysm. “Please heal him” I prayed, then went on, “Not my will, but Yours, O God.”
We seem to get to that point when facing the huge crises, but what about the traffic today? What about the crying baby? What about the rude coworker? What about the stacked-up bills? What about the empty cabinets? What about everyday life? Do we say “Not my will, but Yours, O God”?
Every moment of life is insurmountable for us. Finding a breath without His provision is impossible. Let us begin today by relinquishing control to Him in the big things and the small. Your will be done, Lord. Yours.
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