And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as you will.”
— Matthew 26:39 —
Andrey Gorban: Word of Grace Bible Institute | USA
How incredibly humbling it is to read about the Savior in His humble state, not only as a man but a man going through in- tense pain and suffering. In His deepest distress, the Lord cries out to His Father, and what is the essence of His prayer? His desire for the Father’s will to be done. Man often seeks to find a way out of his suffering, to ease the pain and difficulty which come with living in a sin-drenched world. What Jesus was preparing to go through, the “cup” of which He speaks, was no mere earthly difficulty. In our day, it seems that nearly everyone is looking to take the easy way out of difficult situations, and there’s seemingly an easy solution to every one of life’s problems. What Jesus was preparing to go through, the “cup” of which He speaks, was no mere earthly difficulty. It was the very wrath of God which He, as the sin-bearer, would drink on behalf of those whom He would save. As awful and terrifying as this is, Jesus understood that the will of the Father is always best and He relied upon the reality of who God is in order to find the strength to persevere and complete His Father’s plan. As we seek to honor God with our lives, may we be encouraged in knowing that, as is written in Hebrews 4:15, our High Priest can sympathize with our weaknesses. Moreover, may we, in the midst of trials, trust in the will of our heavenly Father, knowing that all He does is good.