And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Luke 22:39-46
I cannot think of any passages in the Bible that illustrate the humanity of Jesus than today’s verses. Jesus was fully God but He was also fully human. The fact that I cannot fully grasp how that can be does not change the fact that it is true. There are many things that I know to be true even though I cannot get my mind around them or fully understand them. I know that electrons exist even though I have never seen one. I know there is something called dark energy and dark matter even though science really does not understand what they are. I know my car is blue even though there is no way I can explain exactly what the color blue is. Just because something is beyond our minds to grasp does not make it false.
Jesus, God with us, felt everything we do. He got hot in the summer heat. He grew thirsty and hungry. When He walked His feet got sore. Jesus got tired just as we do and if He stubbed His toe on a rock it hurt. When He worked as a carpenter He got blisters on His hands. I am sure Jesus saw beauty in a sunrise or sunset and we know He felt sorrow for Jerusalem. So, as the hour for Jesus’ crucifixion grew near so did the dread for the immense pain He would soon endure.
Every time I donate blood I dread the needle. I know that it is going to hurt. But I also know that that pain will be short lived and that there will be enormous benefits from my donation. Lives will be saved because I made the donation. Jesus was facing exponentially more pain and pain that would last hours not minutes or seconds. Still He too knew that the benefits from the sacrifice would outweigh the pain, lives would be saved. So Jesus while wishing He could be spared the pain of crucifixion knew that is was the will of the Father that needed to be done not His own.
God asks us also to make hard choices. Sometime they seem to go against our best interests but we should always remember His will not ours.
Have a blessed day,