Abba, Father, he said, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. – Mark 14:36
The night Jesus was arrested, He’d taken the apostles to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. While He was in the garden, He took Peter, James, and John a little further along to pray with Him. He told them that His spirit was overwhelmed even to the point of death because of the things yet to come. Jesus knew of the fate that awaited that night and into the next day up until His death. He then left the three alone and prayed by Himself to God and asked three times for the Father to provide some other way for this task, atoning mankind’s sins by His death, to be done. However, Jesus relented each time and confessed that the Father’s way be done and not His. In His human form, Jesus struggled with dying for the sins of mankind, whether we like to think of that or not.
Again, we face the proposition of what is possible for God? Jesus told the apostles prior to this occasion that only God could save people; people couldn’t save themselves. Then, the night prior to His death, Jesus wrestled heavily with the thought of going to the cross. The Bible is clear that, as a 100% human being, He didn’t want to die on the cross. If you doubt me, read it! In verse 36 we read the above-quoted verse – the actual prayer. In verse 39 it says he prayed the same thing again. Finally, in verse 41 it says He returned a third time from praying. Matthew, the tax collector and apostle who was there than night, states, So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Jesus had told the apostles that night that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. He knew He’d struggle with the idea of doing the impossible and offering Himself as payment for the sins of the world. No one, even Jesus, wants to die a horrific death and suffering such an agonizing demise. However, for the sake of you and me, Jesus loved us when no one else would. He did for us what no one else could. As 100% God, He did the impossible. He sacrificed Himself to save us. He rose again from the dead to re-unite us with God. Again, what is impossible for humans IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE for God!
Let us never think that we can do for ourselves what only God can do. Jesus could have refused to go to the cross, but He relented from His anguish and completed the task set before Him by the Father. What task has God placed in front of you, with which you struggle? Has he called you to preach? to serve? to love? to forgive? to have compassion? to show mercy? to be hospitable? Whatever God gifted you with for the benefit of others, just do it. Don’t argue with God and seek some other way out of it. We all have a job to do. God has placed us within the body of Messiah to do what only we can do by the power of the Spirit. If we refuse, God will send others to do it. However, we will miss out on our reward. Is that what you want to look forward to when facing the judgment seat of Messiah? I don’t.
Jesus didn’t shirk His job. He completed it. When it was all said and done, He said, It is finished! Can you say that? Will you hear, Well done, good and faithful servant? That should be our goal. By faith, and no other way, let us please our heavenly Father. At least twice in Scripture, we read of God the Father audibly speaking to people telling them that Jesus is His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. Remember, that what is impossible in our power and might, it is possible with God!
Father, what can I say but not my will done but Yours?!? There is nothing else. You desire for Your people to share the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection to all people, so that those that will believe will be saved. Those that refuse it are condemned already per Your Word. Like You, I don’t want to see anyone perish in their wicked ways. I desire that all would come to repentance and be saved by grace through faith by confessing, Jesus is LORD, and believing in their hearts that You raised Him from the dead. Help me to do my part in the impossible. I may not be able to save anyone from sin and death, but I can tell them of the One who can! Again, not my will, but Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.