“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
Beautiful surrender to the will of God for the glory of God, that is what Jesus shows us there in the Garden of Gethsemane. He shares the sorrow and agony of His heart, asks for a different path, but surrenders to the wisdom of His Father’s will.
Oh, Jesus, what lessons we can learn from You there in the Garden.
1. Jesus took the pain and deep distress He felt and shared the reality of it.
Jesus took with Him His three dearest friends, His inner circle. Jesus did not hide behind a facade of “I’m fine,” or “Hey, I got this one guys, no pain, no gain.” He was real about how He felt, He didn’t hide His agony.
When you are in agony and distress what do you do? Do you go to Your Heavenly Father and speak to Him out of the place of your desperation, out of the cellar of your soul?
Our Father in Heaven wants us to freely come to Him with our pain, worry, fear, and hurt. He wants us to know His presence and to trust Him with our needs and our concerns.
2. Jesus prayed with earnestness, yet He prayed with a great desire to bring His Father glory.
His prayer was a prayer of surrender, “not my will but your’s be done.”
Jesus asked for the cup to be taken from Him, but He left the decision in His Father’s hands.
I think the difference here, at least sometimes in my prayers, is that I tell the Father how to accomplish my will. And all the fear in my heart, all of my worry, all of my inner distress shadows the light of God’s love. Jesus knows the Father’s love, He does not question it. And Jesus speaks to the Father out of a place of deepest humility. When we come in humility, it no longer is about getting our way, it’s about God getting the glory.
3. Jesus lives up to His name Prince of Peace even when He is arrested. He lives and dies to bring glory to God.
Jesus gets up from praying and soon His betrayers are at hand. He sees the army of men coming to get Him. He doesn’t become alarmed or put up a fight. He remains peaceful. In fact, when an ear is sliced off of one of the soldier’s that has come for Him, Jesus takes time to heal the man’s ear.
When I get up from prayer and I sometimes leave feeling unsure of what will happen. I leave with fear, I question my Heavenly Father’s love, I leave that place in a mode of self-protection. It still is all about me and I want to fight for what I want. But, not so with Jesus.
I am sure Jesus left His place of prayer knowing He was going to the cross, knowing He would face separation from His Father, and that He would carry the heavy burden of the sins of the world. Yet, He left empowered to bring God glory. He didn’t self-protect and fight against the coming cross. He wasn’t interested in taking revenge by fighting or hurting the soldiers. He only stood strong in His Father’s love and walked peacefully in a continued ministry toward the mission of greater grace.
4. Jesus goes with the soldiers to His trial and does not argue, He let’s Truth be truth.
Do you want to fight for your way? As I have said, there are sometimes that I do.
Fighting with words or with power is the way of fear, but “perfect love casts out fear.” And Jesus walks in perfect love, fully trusting His Father’s will to be best. He goes to the trial, He goes to the cross as “a lamb to the slaughter.” He has no need to defend Himself. He knows Who He and Whose He is.
5. Jesus endures the agony of the cross still filled with love.
I don’t know about you, but I have trouble dealing with pain, and my natural response when I am in pain is not often one of love.
But Jesus, even on the cross, responds with love. He sees the evil, He feels the heaviness of the sin, and He prays. He prays for His Father to forgive them, “for they know not what they do.” Jesus has sympathy and empathy, He again shows love and gives grace even there on the cross. He surrenders to the way of the Father even then. He lives out love and showers us with grace even today.
6. Jesus’ body is taken to the tomb and on the third day He rises from the dead.
He surrendered to the point of the cross and death and then comes forth from the tomb. HE IS RISEN! And all glory goes to our Heavenly Father for giving us Jesus as our substitute.
Only Jesus could surrender in humility and love for the purpose of grace and glory.
Only Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, could be slaughtered for our sin, risen to give us His righteousness and hope everlasting.
All our faith and hope must be in Him for He alone is our Savior. He walked the path of surrender to give all glory to the Father. He is our perfect example.
Lord, help us to follow in the way of our Suffering Servant. Help us to walk the path of surrender as we know the magnitude of Your love. May all glory be given to You. Amen.
Have a blessed Resurrection Day as you remember all that Jesus has done for us.