Key Bible Verse: Then he went a short distance farther and fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it's possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want." (Matthew 26:39, CEB)
In Gethsemane, Jesus is locked in combat with a human desire we all recognize: to avoid pain, to hold onto life, to win against death. In these dark night hours, Jesus's flesh and feelings are at war. "If it's possible … ," he groans.
Do you see what is at stake for us in that struggle? If Jesus's human desire does not lose, we will never win. If he doesn't suffer this temptation, we will never be able to overcome when we are tempted.
Until Gethsemane, Jesus's life has been one continual yes to the Father. And that doesn't change this night in the garden. The only begotten Son is on a mission of love and the Father's desire is for Jesus to finish the work he has been sent to do.
Where does Jesus find the strength to overcome? I find the answer in seven perfect words [in Luke 22:42, KJV]:
Not my will, but thine, be done.
At Gethsemane, although Satan has done his best to confuse and deceive him, Jesus chooses painful obedience. If choice is one side of the coin in overcoming temptation, then cost is the other.
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