Thy Will Be Done
“And they came to a place which was a named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 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.” Mark 14:32-36
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:41-44
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ constitutes eternity for those who believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins. We often recall the physical brutality of the suffering that Jesus endured hours before his time on Earth was done. We read well the accounts of his last days laid out before him in the gospels. However, I sometimes think that we forget the mental anguish bestowed upon our Lord and Savior which first started in the darkest hours of the Garden of Gethsemane. I believe that if we really contemplated his mental experiences, we would see our own struggles with our mind in a completely different light.
It is fast becoming a very scary world in which we live. Politically our world is in an upheaval. Financially we are sinking deeper and deeper into debt. We are confused morally. But most importantly, we are losing our battle spiritually. We have laid down our weapons of warfare and have allowed our minds to be infiltrated on all sides by the enemy. We are a people of comfort. We want no sufferings. We want to choose our path and create our own will. When the enemy bombards our mind, we run with the imaginations and we make unwise decisions. We believe that we must do something quickly because God’s grace would never allow suffering. The bible says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” II Corinthians 10:4-6. Every time that I read that scripture, I marvel in the fact that I so often forget that God’s will shall triumph over every fiery dart thrown at me. Every strong hold will be pulled down. Every imagination will be cast away. Every idolatrous thing will fall. Every thought will be brought into captivity because of Christ’s obedience to the cross. He had a mighty battle in that garden. Mentally it had to be brutal. He sweat drops of blood and he cried out that God would take the cup of death from him. He was the Son of God, and yet he was praying for the Lord to release his destiny from him. I believe that he knew his sovereignty , but the flesh was fearful. “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplication with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” Hebrews 5: 7,8. He knew he was the Son and yet, he cried out for God to save him from death. His flesh understood too well the suffering that would come. But we serve a Savior that realized the power of prayer that night in the garden. When his agony was great, he prayed more earnestly. His will was crying out for an earthly answer, but He knew that God’s will would bring salvation and eternal life. He knew that his flesh would only bring death. His obedience to what the Father had predestined was fashioned only by suffering. That obedience led him to the cross. It fulfilled the promise of eternal life. It made a way for Jesus to understand every fear and trial that we might go through.
Why then do we fight our Lord when the trials of this world come upon us? Our fears rise up inside of us, and we emotionally fall apart when the cares of this world besiege us. When Jesus went into the garden, his heart became very sorrowful and heavy. He had to have been playing out the scene of crucifixion. How terrifying it must have felt. What would have happened if he would have succumbed to his own will? If he would have given in to what his fleshly will cried out for, there would have been no reason to live. His obedience to God’s will had come with a price. Christ was willing to pay the price by fulfilling God’s will of his blood to be shed on the cross, so that all men might be saved from eternal damnation. What love the Son had so that we might be free from death! He agonized and became exceedingly sorrowful because of his imminent death, but he still fulfilled the will of God so that we could all obtain the promise if we so believed.
Our mind is battle of the wills. We must put on the amour of God, read the Word, and we must pray for what God wants for us. We must patiently listen to the still small voice of the Lord and stand believing that with God, all things are possible. I cannot help but think of David. He was a man who was no different than you or me. He had done some incredibly amazing things for God, and yet, he committed a multitude of unimaginable acts of sin. But, an awesome reality is this--…he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. (Acts 13:22,23) How wonderful to know that David’s heartbeat was God’s. By listening to the voice of the Lord, all that God wanted for him was fulfilled. I wonder how many of us today could say with a surety ---“THY WILL BE DONE!” ---and then know that the fruits of our labor would show Christ’s fulfillment from generation to generation