Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
This passage never ceases to amaze me.
To hear the humanity in the plea of Jesus to the Father touches my heart. Yet, His resignation to fulfill the will of God speaks volumes to me as well.
Living the Christian life is not easy. Simple, straightforward, and plain, yes. But not easy. I fight my will versus God’s all the time.
I can see how Jesus would ask if there was any other way to do the Father’s will. Knowing that the physical was hard enough, He saw the more significant burden of the weight of the whole world’s sins.
We know the guilt and shame of our own sin. For the first time, Jesus would shoulder that guilt and shame for the sins of all mankind. Sins of murder, abuse, lying, stealing, fornication, homosexuality, anger, violence, thievery, gossip, and much more were placed upon our Savior.
I don’t know about you, but my heart grows heavy just thinking about it. Even now, sorrow wells within, and tears flow. My part, my sin that was added to that weight, grows with every sin I commit.
We don’t think of it at the time, but we would sin less if we did.
The final tally of my life’s sin is already known by God. Every sin in its entirety, each man, woman, and child’s from Adam till the end of time, was placed on Jesus.
When He said, “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” I see my way to lessen the amount of sin I commit in the future.
We must pray, not my will, but thine, O Lord.
His ways are far above our ways. We acknowledge that. But does it affect our living? His plan for my life is far better than any way I could conceive. Often, we convince ourselves and justify our path rather than God’s.
As we sit under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word today, may we open our hearts to ask God for Him to give us our marching orders for the week.
He may very well reveal a truth that we need to share with a soul in danger.
We may receive comfort for a hurt we’ve been carrying that has weighed us down for too long.
He may guide our path and redirect our steps to where we will better serve Him.
But we know better, right?
Nevertheless, Father, not my will, but may we do Yours!