On this evening, Jesus had just finished his last meal with his friends closest to Him – the ones who said yes and followed, the ones who watched Him, failed Him, and loved Him.
They all went to the Mount of Olives, and Jesus went to pray. And not just any prayer, but some emotion-filled words to his Father. He had shared with his disciples that his soul was overwhelmed with sorrow, and now He was coming to the only One who could bring peace in the middle of the impending storm.
He asked God if there might be some other way. Some other way to save us all, other than his beating, his suffering, his death? Any other way?
Though nothing I’ve been through can compare with what Jesus went through, I will admit that there have been things God has wanted me to do – things I did not feel strong enough for – and in that moment, I wanted another way out. Something, anything.
“Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
In spite of the pain, ridicule, torture- He is on board. He isn’t backing out, though He could have. He loved us that much.
And if you are feeling there is something God is calling you to do, or something you are going through right now that just seems too much, run to the One who will provide you with what you need.
And God gave Him what He needed.
“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” -Luke 22:43
We were never meant to go through anything alone. God is there, providing. Don’t miss out on that. He is faithful, giving us strength when we are weakest.
Jesus got up from that prayer, and went on to do what He came here for. Thank You, Jesus, for your sacrifice, and thank You Father for your faithfulness.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19