“Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.””
(Mark 14:35–36 NIV)
I have puzzled over this for years. Just couldn’t quite understand how God himself would ask the Father to take the cup from him, allow him to escape the horror of his destiny. Of course I would. But this was Jesus! My Lord and my God!
Jesus lived so well, in perfect intimacy and harmony with the Father. He knew what the Father wanted him to do, to say, where to be, who to heal. He lived a perfect sinless life. My Jesus lived full of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and total self-control that only he could exhibit.
So why, then, this human weakness? Why this foible? Why would Jesus pray that the Father would take this cup from him?
And then I read that Jesus said:” Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
In reading the daily devotional from a dear pastor and friend in the UK, the answer has dawned on me. It was like an instantaneous brilliant thought. (I know it wasn’t from my brain).
The pastor’s daily devotional which he entitled “God’s Health Plan” is here:
“Many years later even Jesus prayed that there might be another way from the one He knew He had to take, although He acknowledged that His Father’s way was the right and only one for Him to take.”
Jesus is fully man and fully almighty God. I’ve never given him the fully human part of his person. I’ve always thought of Jesus as fully God though. Except, maybe when he was a baby, you know, sleeping in that feeding trough.
This passage clearly states that Jesus is man but God as well. The fully human side asked for the cup to be taken away. The fully God part of Jesus said he would follow the Father’s will.
Thank you Father!
Any comments about this passage would so be appreciated.