Before Jesus was arrested he went, with His disciples, to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He went a little distance from the disciples and “fell on His face and prayed.” He needed to talk to His Father, Abba. He came in humility, on His face, surrendering His life to His Papa. He gave His life to the Father without reservation.
And yet He says, “if possible,let this cup pass from me.” Was He weak, about to give into temptation, falling into sin? No, He was being who He was, a son, honest and truthful. He was not looking forward to this next thing. Of all the temptations and suffering He had endured up to this point Jesus knew that what He was about to experience would be unbearable. The cup He wants, if possible, not to drink from is the cup of wrath. The cup that will for a time separate the Son from the love of the Father.
Then Jesus says, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” He is saying despite this, even though I will spend time in hell, let it be as You will. You are Sovereign, my God, Your will be done. He had no reservations He knew His God.
Jesus knew what was ahead of Him–the horror of it. The pain, excruciating physical pain. He would be whipped, a crown of thorns on His head, nails hammered into His hands and feet holding Him to a cross for crimes He was accused of yet innocent of any wrong. The emotional and mental pain caused by mocking voices He heard, the pain of seeing those He loved as they watched His suffering and not understanding the why of it. The spiritual suffering of being forsaken by His Father. And still He was obedient without reservation.
Because Jesus was humble and surrendered in obedience to the Father, without reservation, that horrible event, His death on the cross, will never be repeated. And because Jesus loves me–loved me before I knew Him, I, the sinner that I am, will never experience the agony of the cross.
And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
I wonder if I will ever really comprehend the love that was held fast to the cross with nails in hands and feet?
I wonder if I will ever humbly surrender in complete obedience to the Father without reservation?