Daily Archives: October 11, 2009

Matthew 25-26

Scripture

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.”

Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

Observation

This prayer that Jesus prays in the Garden puts a lump in my throat every time I read it.  The Lord, Jesus Christ agonizes over the suffering that He is about to endure.  He pleads to the Father to let this cup pass from Him.  It is a cup that is filled with all of the sins of the world.  It is filled with my sin.  It is the cup which represents the cross that He knew the Father had sent Him to carry. His prayer reveals the awful suffering that He was being asked to endure.

But in His cry and in His plea to let the cup pass from Him, He also prays a prayer that God’s will be done.  He desired the will of the Father even if it meant horrendous suffering.  He was not asking to escape the cross but instead, His prayer was that God’s will be done.

Out of perfect love and perfect obedience, He was accepting what the Father wanted Him to do.  He never tried to avoid going to the cross but in His humanity, He felt the awful horror of having the sins of the world placed upon Himself.  He was totally committed to the Father and completely committed to doing His will.

Application

As I read the agonizing prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, I can’t contain the tears that begin to fill my eyes.  It gets very personal for me as I read these words.  That was my cross He carried.  It was what I deserved.  Jesus was totally holy, yet harmless.  He was separate from my sin yet He was made sin for me.  Right there, in that garden and on that cross, my sin and the sins of humanity was placed upon Him.  It was a horrendous penalty to pay.  But Jesus would rather endure the awful suffering He endured, than live apart from me.

This is a love I cannot comprehend.  It is impossible for me to enter into and fully understand the full significance of what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, but I believe it was at this very place, at this very moment, as Jesus prayed this very prayer, that the victory of Calvary was already won.  Gethsemane is holy ground for it was here that Jesus prayed that the Father’s will be done and He obeyed completely and perfectly.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank you with every fiber of my being, for your unfailing love for me.  What you have done for me on the cross leaves me speechless and all I could think of doing is falling on my face before you in loving adoration and praise.  You loved me this much that you would suffer and pay the penalty for my sins!    You did this for me!  You have torn the veil and paid the price so that I may have a loving relationship with you now and enter into eternity with You!  O how I love you so much!

Thank you for washing my sins away as far as East is from West.  Thank you for the gift you have given me, washing my sins clean by the blood of the Lamb.  The cup you drank was bitter and awful.  But you were obedient to the end.  You  drank from the bitter and awful cup, so that my cup would be sweet and beautiful.  My only response I could respond with is to worship, love, and honor you with all of my heart, all of my mind, and all of my strength.  You are so wonderful and good.  You are so loving and all powerful.  You are rich in mercy and with the great love that you have loved me with, even when I was dead in my trespasses,  you have made me ALIVE with Christ!  You are my God and I want to give my life completely and wholly to you.

Because of what you have done, I can now be close to you.  I could now pray and worship you.  I can now live for you in this life you have blessed me with.  I could now stand before you boldly I have the awesome promise of seeing you face to face!    I cannot wait to see you and live in the promise of your Kingdom with you!

I humbly thank you and offer you a heart of love and thanks.  I love you and praise you, for you are my King and Lord.  I pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, the Name above all Names!

John (johnd7264)

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