The Journey to The Cross, March 23: Not My Will
It is now late in the evening in the garden with Jesus. The sun is long set. And the disciples are asleep. They have no idea what is coming next.
But Jesus knew. He knew the price tag on the gift he was being asked by the Father to give to the world. It would cost Him everything. In a few hours He would be humiliated. Scorned. Spit upon. Mocked. Beaten with fists. Slapped across the face. Beaten with a leather whip embedded with sharp bits of lead. A crown of thorns jammed into his forehead.
The crowds screaming for his execution, longing for his blood to flow.
And then the walk through the jeering crowd, carrying His cross. More jeering crowds. And the women who loved Him following behind, weeping.
Then the nails. Hand, hand, both feet together. The jolt as the cross was lifted and then dropped into place. And the agony of trying to breathe in that position. Pushing up on the nail in his feet to take in a gasp of air. Giving into the excruciating pain of pierced flesh, tendon and bone and dropping again against the nails in his hands. More jeering. More scorn. More humiliation.
All of that was horrible enough.
But the worst came at the moment that His Father turned away from Him. For the first time ever, from eternity past until this moment, He was out of fellowship with His Father. Rejected. Abandoned. Forsaken. Not because of His sin. But because that is the punishment we deserve.
And yet, even knowing all this, He prayed the prayer that never fails in the garden that night: “Your will be done.” He told the Father His desires – to not have to face this torture, this agony, this suffering. But then He surrendered, yielding to His Father’s plan. Trusting that the pain was necessary. Believing still that His Father was good. Entrusting Himself to the only One who mattered. All for the love of you.
If Jesus could willingly pray to the Father, “I trust You – so do what You know is best, fulfill Your plan and purpose, do Your will instead of mine” in the face of Calvary, how much more should we in our daily lives?
Adoration: Praise God the Father for making a way for you to have a friendship with Him, unblocked by sin. Praise Jesus for being willing to do the Father’s will. Consider using the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP), which says, “He (God the Father) made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].”
Confession: Confess to God where you have taken the suffering and death of Jesus lightly. Consider making Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIrV) into a prayer: “…Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. And let us keep on running the race marked out for us. Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to.”
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the specific ways He has rescued you .
Supplication: Ask God to help you to yield to His will in every area of your life.