#48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane
Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017Print
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Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Matthew 26:39 AMPC
And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.
What a painful agony our Lord suffered! “My soul is sorrowful even to death…” What a poignant cry! “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will but as You will.”
In this rare glimpse at Gethsemane, we are ushered right into Jesus’ secret dealings with His Father! We are not told what His travail was about. Speculation abounds, but the scripture gives us the bare essence, the ‘bottom line.’ And it is enough… This great heaving was the surrender of His will to the Father’s will.
And that is death to the soul.