Matthew 26:36-46. 36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
There are so many times we encounter decisions that we do not want to make. Being a girl, one of our most hated traits is our indecisiveness when it comes to picking a place to eat. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, we are the worst when it comes to this! In this section of scripture, we take an intimate look at Jesus in the garden, we can easily see the pain, torment, and suffering He is going through knowing the weight of the cross is looming over Him. Jesus was in distress over going to the Cross because He knew what it meant. Jesus was facing the reality that He was about to be arrested, falsely convicted, beaten, & crucified. More than that He was preparing to suffer the Father’s wrath. Jesus was literally about to face all of God’s judgement for humanity when He had lived a perfect life and did not deserve any of it. Can you see how much your Savior values you?
When Jesus said “Yes” in the garden of Gethsemane... He did for me, what I could not do for myself. - Doug Adams
Jesus begs the Father to “let this cup pass” from Him. When a cup is seen in scripture, this is usually used as a symbol for judgment. When Jesus talks about drinking from the cup, He is referencing the fact that He is about to take on God’s judgment in order to save every single sinner. After Jesus pleaded with the Father, but He continued on to say, “…nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus was faithful to the Father’s will. Our sinful nature is weak and it will always lead us to the easiest, most self- gratifying, path. We will always choose what is most comfortable. God’s will is that we follow Him, even when it is difficult or inconvenient. We must choose everyday which to listen to. Since Jesus said yes to the cross for us, we say yes to living for Him.
Matthew 14:10-21 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
During this same account Mark 6:34 says, “When Jesus came ashore, He saw a large crowd. He felt deep concern for them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things." Jesus loved each and every person in that crowd and He knew that there was so much they still didn’t understand about the kingdom of God. So even though He needed rest and time to grieve, He put the spiritual & physical needs of the crowd before His own by teaching and feeding them. Mark tells us that the people in the crowd were like sheep without a shepherd, which means they were lost and confused. By teaching and feeding them Jesus was a kind and loving Shepherd they needed Him to be. The disciples thought that the only logical explanation was to send the crowd away. They didn’t have the money or the materials to feed such a large crowd on such short notice. They did not have the means to meet their needs. BUT Jesus’ response to their solution was His way of showing the disciples that there was no way they could solve the problem on their own. Jesus wanted the disciples to trust Him and to know that He alone was able to meet their need. The disciples didn’t multiply the bread and fish, but they got to be apart of the miracle anyway. Though the disciples had unbelief, Jesus still chose to use them during this miraculous circumstance. So many times we, as Christians, have trouble trusting if God is really going to come through for us. And even in our times of unbelief, God shows us His faithfulness.