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.