MATTHEW 26:39, 42
“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’”
We tend to assume that it was at the cross that our salvation was secured, but that would be a bit premature when it comes to the text before us. The great victory that wrought our salvation came when the Son of God and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, went to the cross despite His feelings or desires. It was a matter of choice.
Notice that the scene in Gethsemane was not devoid of emotion. Twice Jesus prayed for the wrath of God – the cup of redemptive suffering – to somehow be replaced or removed. His sorrow was so deep, His anguish so intense, that His sweat became like great drops of blood. (Luke 22:44) His request for the cup to pass was real, but deeper still was His desire to do His Father’s will.
Not all victories are won as we suppose. The secret in the power of our salvation could not have been initiated upon the cross nor at the tomb on Resurrection Sunday. It was found in the moment Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s. The battle over sin and death was won when He humbled Himself and deliberately determined to do that which His humanity sought to avoid. Triumph came in yielding.
“Your will be done.” These are powerful words that are instructive for every believer. A will controlled by the Spirit of God is one yielded to His will above all else. It’s a difficult lesson – one that we may be slow to learn – but once grasped, delivers great victory.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
– Pastor Jack
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