Red Letter Day 44: Not My Will But Thine

2015 Lent Blog

Thursday April 2

Gethsemane 05Jesus withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
(Luke 22: 41-42)

Jesus prayed these words on this day of Holy Week just before he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was in anguish because he knew what was about to happen and everything that it involved. In fact in verse 44, just after these two verses, it said his sweat was like drops of blood. The clinical term for this is hematohidrosis. This is a rare case when capillary blood vessels at the sweat glands burst causing blood in the sweat. In has been noted at times with extreme anxiety in individuals. Jesus knew what was in store for him and so he prayed to take away the events that were to happen, but not if it was against God’s will.

Jesus incarnate was a true human being. He suffered as we do and felt pain the way that we do. It must have been difficult also being the Son of God and knowing what was going to happen. He knew the will of God was that he carry out all that was planned and prophesied for him. I always try to remember this when praying my heart out to always look and seek what the will of God is. It is not always the same as my desires and preferences. That is usually when significant things happen, God things. This week in Jesus’ life is full of incredible God things.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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