While in the garden of Gethsemane, just before Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He knew the exact horror He would be facing in the coming hours.
Yet, knowing there was no other way to demolish Satan’s control over God’s people, Jesus conceded,
“… yet not My will, but Yours be done” Luke 22:42 (NASB).
Filled with dread, Jesus prayed, asking His Father to “remove this cup from Me.” He felt such anguish that He sweated drops of blood, indicating a serious medical condition, hematidrosis, which occurs under extreme mental or physical stress.
The Amplified Bible supports this by saying Jesus was “[deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death]” (Luke 22:44).
But what if Jesus would have said no? How different would our lives be today if God’s love had not planned for our salvation so long ago?
What if Jesus had not acquiesced to His Father’s will and had decided that we weren’t that important to Him, after all?
If Satan were left undefeated, then cruelty, selfishness and every ugly sin would have abounded even more than we see happening today. Think Pottersville, in It’s a Wonderful Life, where everyone began living for himself once Mr. Potter took over the town – only worse.
Had Jesus not taken our sins upon Himself on the cross, then hopelessness, regret and shame would have prevailed. And how long would love have survived, especially sacrificial love?
I wonder if light would have eventually been swallowed up in darkness. And would all human life have become totally devalued?
But thankfully, Jesus did choose His Father’s will.
In doing so, He was betrayed by one of His own disciples. The governor’s soldiers made a crown of thorns to put on Jesus’ head, placing a reed in His right hand for a mock scepter. Then “[t]hey spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him repeatedly on the head” (Matthew 27:30 AMP).
After long hours of ridicule and torture, the soldiers led Jesus away to a very painful and gruesome death.
Jesus could have said, “Not Your will, but mine.” But He didn’t because we were, indeed, that important to Him, after all.
What about you?
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- How do you think it would it have affected your life if Jesus had not said, “yet not My will, but Yours be done?”
- Do you have questions regarding why Jesus died and how His death (and resurrection) affects your life – and your eternity? Please feel free to ask them here.