Mark 14

“And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (vs. 35, 36)

Our Lord, in the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed so earnestly that He sweat “as it were great drops of blood”. What in the world would cause Him to pray so earnestly? I do not believe it was the anticipation of the weight of sin upon Him, but the fact that He knew the results of it! Let me explain; Jesus had lived every moment with the power of God upon Him, and every thought He had, every deed He did, was with the blessing and “signature” of the Father on it. He did not see one moment of darkness without the Father, but soon, He knew that God would have to turn away from Him, and could not so much as look upon His Beloved Son.

We cannot imagine the impact that this had on Him, because we cannot live as He lived, with every thought only on the Father and on glorifying Him in all things. The Two were inseparable until sin was laid upon Jesus. Jesus would have to “go it alone” without His Fathers guidance and power. This was a very scary thing to Christ. This is the “cup” that He wished could pass, and the incident He wished He could avoid. I don’t think the sin of the world was as scary to Him as the thought of God forsaking Him was. Oh, if we could only realize this. The worst part of sin is that God turns His face away from us when we indulge in it; it separates us from our God. We walk much of our lives without God guiding us, and without His power and blessings upon us because we will not turn our hearts to Him, and give Him our all. That ought to scare us to death, literally! Yes, we often “go it alone” and run ahead of God, and only wait for Him when we become entangled in this world’s wiles and pitfalls, and He bails us out. Even facing the dilemma before Him, He sought the Fathers’ will rather than His own. What a Servant; what a Son; what a Savior.

No comments: