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Our Gethsemane Moments

Matthew 26:39

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

IMG_0301We make decisions everyday! Some are very basic – like do we get up when the alarm goes off or do we hit the snooze button? We might debate with ourselves whether to get up a little early to do some exercise or spend more time doing our devotions?

We make decisions everyday! I know some young people who are making decisions right now about what school to attend when they graduate High School. Some visit different schools to see if it feels right for them. Some will make the decision according to their major or at times – according to their financial situation. Some will make the decision to stay close to home – some will want to get as far away from home as possible.

We make decisions everyday! Some decisions are related to work and some are related to family. Some are personal – some are professional. Even deciding what to have for lunch is a decision.

We make decisions everyday! Some of our decisions are good – some of them not so good. I imagine some decisions we would like to change if possible – while other decisions we are rather happy with or even pleased with for sure.

We make decisions everyday! Jesus made decisions everyday as well I imagine. One decision He made was the one today’s Scripture reveals. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 26:36-46 – 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus’ Gethsemane moment is key to our salvation. Without His decision to go to the cross – without His willingness to think of the Father’s will over His own – the debt for our sin would not have been paid at Calvary. Jesus willingly deny His will and His desires to do what the Father had for Him – “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

What Gethsemane moments are there in your life? Are there times when you find yourself making a choice between what you want and what you know God wants for you? I would imagine we find ourselves making these decisions daily – for instance – every time we sin. When we sin we have chosen our will over God’s will. WWJD was an old fad that tried to remind us to seek what Jesus would do in any given situation and to try to do what Jesus would do. How are we doing? What are our Gethsemane moments?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 17, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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