On the night of Jesus' arrest and eventual humiliation, beating, and cruxification, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42). This same event was recorded in the other 2 Synoptic Gospels - Matthew 26:39 and Mark 14:36. "Not my will but Yours be done." These word have haunted me for a long time. We all know the Will of God. It was established before the foundations of the earth that Christ would be the perfect Lamb of God sacrificed for the redemption of mankind "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. Nevertheless, what was Jesus' will? We will never know precisely, Scripture does not tell us yet we do know that His will in the Garden was certainly not that of God's and by extension, we can say in equally certain terms that Jesus had a will of His own. In Mark we are told that He prayed, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me." (v 36) and in Matthew we see His grieving spirit as He pleaded with His disciples saying, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." (verse 38). Later in verses 40-42, Christ says, "Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." Was Christ just speaking about the weakness of His disciples' flesh or did He include His own? What was Jesus' will? It most certainly was not the enduring of unspeakable disappointment, sorrow, humiliation, pain, and death. Yet, for our sake, and for obedience to His Father, Christ sets aside whatever his own will may have been to fulfill God's Will. Looking back over my own life and looking into its present and my desired future, I am ashamed to say to most of it is about my will and that yes indeed my will had been willing but my flesh was and is indeed weak. May I learn to watch and pray so that I may indeed be a vessel of His will. I know that by my strength I am unable but in Him I am. It is my hearts desire that we will take this time to consider if we will indeed declare, "Not my will but Yours." Blessings Arisen
Good blog. I have been thinking and reading about communion lately. Thanks for mentioning this verse: “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." It is something to think about during communion. Keep blogging. - bibleguy
Please do not mistake this as an exercise in rhetoric, we truly do not know what Jesus' own will was on that terrible night as He prayed and yes we will not know it till we meet Him face-to-face. Regardless, we know that Jesus did not want to drink of the cup and asked that it be taken from Him. He did say, "Not my will but Yours be done." which would suggest that He had a will of his own. The point of this blog is to challenge us to be truly Christ-like and set aside our own wills and agendas and declare with one voice, "Not our wills but let God's be done."