Take This Cup From Me
39 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.”
Was there another way that God could have saved humanity? Even if there was, none would be as effective and wide reaching as God’s original plan. No other plan would save more people from eternal death while also teaching the other worlds of God’s love for all of his children.
But another way or another plan was exactly what Jesus was asking from his father. As he began to feel the pain, sorrow and emptiness of all of our sins on his person, Jesus realized just how hard the next few hours would be for him. Our confident Lord, ready to leave all of heaven to die for us, now feeling what exactly that would entail was now looking for a way out.
How close did we get to being eternally lost? Just how much fear and dread was swirling inside Jesus’ soul? He did ever think that he just couldn’t do it?
These are all questions that we can only truly know the answers too when we see him face to face in heaven. But we can already know that it was extremely painful for Jesus. Our sins, the ones we continually do even after giving our hearts to him was part of the pain he felt. How sad to know that even knowing this truth we will undoubtedly sin again tomorrow and the next day.
We truly are unworthy of the gift he gave us. We daily add to the affliction he has already felt yet he saw worth in us. Jesus saw what we could be. Jesus saw who he wanted us to be. He saw us all together in heaven and even with a heart full of pain continued on.
That is the God and Lord we serve. Let us think about that in our daily lives and as we make our decisions.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Pr. Steven Couto