If there was ever anyone, ANYONE, who knew what the Will of God was – it was Jesus. Amen!
But, in this story about his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, we see Him asking if there was ANY OTHER WAY to accomplish the plan of Salvation, He was asking God to do it. But when He did not hear anything, no response whatsoever from the Father, He understood that everything written in the Bible about Him and about His sacrifice WAS God’s Will. Amen!
The fact that here, we see Him returning to His disciples, only to find them sleeping, proved the fact that HE had to do this alone. It was ONLY His decision. The Father had made HIS decision. The fact that scripture talked about what was going to happen is proof enough of that! Jesus KNEW the scriptures. He KNEW what was required. But yet, as a temptation ONLY HE could overcome – and yes, there was a temptation to NOT go through with it…
HE had to go back and remember what the scriptures had to say. What they said about Him. What they said about the sacrifice only HE could make. What they said about the future coming Kingdom. What they said about HE was the only way any other human being could EVER enter into a relationship with the Father – through HIM and only when HE went through with the ultimate torture, sacrifice and DEATH that awaited Him.
But, He also had the promises of being RAISED UP from the dead. He had risen the dead. He understood that, as written in John 10:17-18, “The reason the Father loves me is that I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it (my life) from me. No one. I lay it down of my own accord. Since I lay it down, I also have the authority to take it up again. THIS is the charge I have received from my Father.”
He understood that. He KNEW it was His destiny from before the foundation of the world was laid. Amen!
Because of that, when He prayed to the Father that “if there is any other way – take this cup from me.” But when He did not hear one peep from the Father – He said, “not my will but YOUR will be done.”
He did not ask, “Take this cup away from me if it be thy will.” He KNEW what the scripture said. He KNEW that the Word of God IS the WILL OF GOD. That is what we are reading here.
Now, if that was good enough for Jesus – WHY on God’s green earth do YOU think it is not good enough for you? WHY? Go ahead… think of your excuse… I’ll wait.
You can’t. Because there IS NO VALID REASON for YOU to pray “if it be thy will.” NONE. ZERO.
If YOU know what the scriptures say – you know God’s Will on the matter. The only way you will ever know God’s will on the matter in front of you is to know the scripture. The only way you will ever know the scripture is – WHAT? You have to READ the scriptures!
Ok, I’ve gone over again today… I pray you are getting this. It really is a matter of life or death that you understand what we are talking about. Life or death. Your life or your death. Maybe even the life or death of your spouse or kids. How about that?
Get into the Word and LEARN what the Will of God truly is. Amen!
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