And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” – Matthew 26:39
A troubling Scripture passage for some, the words of Jesus above give insight into His struggle with His own humanity. As the author of our salvation, Jesus had to endure every temptation we face, yet never succumb. The Bible states that He was tempted “as we are,” yet without sin. Certainly, facing with divine understanding the suffering that was before Him, Jesus was tempted to flee.
Most followers of Jesus understand that there will be times when sacrifice is required. The annals of church history record the sacrificial sufferings of some of God’s greatest servants and the annals of heaven record the sufferings of those that are only known by God. While most of us will not have to face the horrible prospect of martyrdom, each of us will have to choose to walk the path of Christ instead of the ways of this world. We may ask that the cup pass from us, but if our Master so wills it, then we must submit.
Jesus’ actions glorified His Father and, though certainly not as magnificently, our actions must, too. All we ask is that when it is our turn to “drink,” Lord, Your will also be done.
I have been bent and broken, but, I hope, into a better shape. – Charles Dickens