Updated: May 29, 2022
I cannot imagine what Jesus must have experienced leading to the pending hour of His arrest. What strikes me the most is His vulnerability with His disciples and His reliance on them for support before going to pray:
Mark 14:34. “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” He said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
Are we truly this transparent with our brothers and sisters in Christ during moments of hardship? Do we also run to our Father for strength or is our reliance on strength simply based on other’s interceding prayers, encouraging words, and well wishes for our lives?
Mark 14:35. Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed:
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Though He experienced all the temptations we also face to this day, Jesus endured them all.
If you were in His position, what would you have done?
Surely, you are no stranger to the wickedness of this world. The injustice, the trials, the unfairness, the hurt, the pains, the disappointments or even the betrayals; you too have felt them. And even after your crucifixion, people will continue to defile the land.
What choice would you have made?
Was Jesus given a choice?
Adam and Eve had a choice in Eden. God made all kinds of trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food grow in the garden. In the middle of the Eden were the trees of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil God told them not to eat from. Adam and Eve had a choice, free will, just like Jesus.
And instead of falling into temptation, He turned to God, the only one who can turn any situation and lift our burdens.
"Not what I will, but what you will" said Jesus.
Mark 14:34, Mark 14:35, Holy Bible, NIV Zondervan 2020
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