by Christina Farris
39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. I do not care how good a believer one might think and hope they are, there are times in the journey of faith, that the prayer, Lord not my will, but yours be done seems hard to pray. If Jesus is our example then his prayer is also our example of how we should pray especially in troublesome times. The fully humanity of Jesus is seen in this prayer, not the power granted by the Father to the Son, but humanity of Jesus is seen. The humanity of saying Lord have it your way, not my will. Not my will be done. Does that mean Jesus would not of gone to the cross if he could of stopped the journey of God's will in his life? The answer is no, for Jesus got up from praying only to go into the hands of the betrayer and those who would propel him physically to the religious court and legal court. What by Jesus power did he have to control the situation of the events to come. In John it says the soldiers fell back, this demonstrating God's power was causing this event in Jesus life. It was by God's will that Jesus would go to the cross. Could Jesus have escaped, don't know if there were walls around the garden he was in, but perhaps he could of left another way.
Jesus' humanity will was to be obedience to God's will all the way to the cross. Now something interesting to note he told his disiciples to pray that they would not fall into temptation, twice. Why did he say prayer to not enter into temptation and what is temptation? Temptation is the very act that may lead one to go against God's will. Peter in Luke would cut off the High Priest servamts ear right off with the sword Jesus had told him to carry. Jesus would then touch the ear. Peter had entered into temptation by striking in defense against the will of God. Now Peter idea was to protect Jesus. God did not desire the disciple to make war, but to allow Jesus to go humbly to the cross as a sheep to the slaughter. If Peter been praying and had understood, he would never have cut the ear off of the servant. This is the type of thing Jesus is asking us to do, to pray so we do not enter into temptation during our walk of faith with God even if it means unto death.
Most people no matter how dedicated to the will of God in their life, they do not always face temptation well. I am still very impressed with a young lady that lost her life in Columbine High School slaughter who stood her ground of her faith and testified to the students around her. The story ever so etched in my mind. How many would of done the same faced with a gun man. How man got away while she distracted him for a brief moment. Teachers at Sandy Hook, had teachers laying down their life for their students. No one wanting to die but freely giving of themselves for the moment of crisis.
As people go out in the front lines of the pandemic they have gone knowing they might not return to their love ones. Yet their cross they beared for the suffering of many, in hope to find ways to prevent and slow down the spread of a terrible disease. Yet many did what was naturally their jobs, never thinking about the severity of the situation, for they had no time to think on it. They went and heeded to the call of work, and their duty to treat the sick, pick up the sick for transport, and so forth. This is the point, no consider what if they chose to go on straight out of fear or running away from the situation.
Jesus went to His cross knowing the price he was paying for the world. His price showing people rather have money, power, and control to destroy the innocent, the purify lamb, the righteous, and so forth. Jesus would going to the cross paying for the sins of the world that desired to be free from the man with the power of God in his life. To be free from the man that ended suffering for many with healing and took their income from them. Instead of following and trusting in Jesus, they ran from all Jesus had to offer and nailed him to a cross. Jesus feed the five thousand, and yet it was not enough evidence he could take care of the people. People feared Jesus' power. Jesus would suffer for the fear of the people that said destroy this innocent man, because we want our power back to do as we like. Only to later learn they could not get rid of Jesus or his power. With Jesus' resurrection he took the sins of the world and said Father forgive them, they know not what they do. Father forgive them. The people understood not the choice they were giving up with crucifying Jesus. They knew not the destruction for Jerusalem that would come. They knew not the victory was in their hands if they only believe in Jesus power to redeem them to God the Father. How many times would Jesus say your faith as healed you go and sin no more. How many times would Jesus say your sins are forgiven. How many times without the cross would Jesus say forgive others as God forgives you? Yet on the cross Jesus still cried "Father forgive them in John.
God would allow man to destroy Jesus by crucifying him only for him to rise again as proof that God would not be destroyed, That his power could not be defeated by the enemy. All we had to do was believe on him and repent of our sins to be saved, to turn from evil and to follow after Jesus carrying our cross. To do God's will despite the temptation of the world. In truth temptation is all around.
Dear Heavenly Father, may we learn to not yield to temptation but to rise above temptation to do your will in our life, as Christ rose from praying to do your will all the way to the cross, knowing temptation is only fleeting for a moment because your word will always rise and stand in the world to demonstrate your eternal power over the enemy. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:John 18:4-8 KJV
4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: