Friday, March 26

His surrender is my salvation

Scripture: Deuteronomy 15-16, Psalm 36, Matthew 26

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.”

Observation

As I read about the soldiers spitting in Jesus’ face and beating him, tears came to my eyes, even though I’ve read it hundreds of times before.  

What a day this was for Jesus.  A final meal with His disciples; predicting His death and their betrayal, denial and desertion; the agonizing prayer alone in Gethsemane; the arrest; betrayal by a friend; desertion by His disciples; Peter’s denial that he even knows Jesus; being beaten and mocked.  

And in the midst of it all, Jesus slips away to pray.  He asks God to take away this cup of suffering, if it was possible—something any of us would ask in that situation.  In fact, I pray that kind of prayer every day for myself and those I love—the “take it away prayer.”  Take away my arthritis.  Take away my friend’s migraines.  Take away my son’s autism.  Here, Jesus prays this prayer about “the cup” that He is drinking—taking on the sin of the world and experiencing the judgment of God, paying the price for all of us.  

But Jesus qualifies His “take it away prayer” with this statement: “Yet not as I will, but as You will.”  He surrenders to the will of God.  Jesus came to do the will of His Father, and even here, facing the unimaginable, He surrenders to God’s will. 

I’m so glad He did—even though it makes me cry.  His surrender is my salvation.

Application

First, I’m rejoicing in Jesus’ obedient sacrifice.  I’m so grateful He prayed this prayer and did the will of His Father, giving His life for us so we can live.  His surrender is my salvation—I’m forever grateful.

Second, I want to follow Jesus’ example of living to do the will of my Father.  “Not my will, but Yours be done.”  That’s certainly easier said than done, especially when God’s will is uncomfortable, difficult, or painful.  I like my comfort.  This prayer willingly surrenders my comfort for God’s will.  

Jesus taught us to pray, “May your kingdom come, may your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.”  May your will be done—in me, today.  That’s what Kingdom come means—it means we live under the reign of Jesus, our King, and we do the will of our Father.  

Today, I want to be conscious in each situation of what God wants, and make this my prayer, “May your will be done,” and make it my aim to do it!

Prayer: Not my will, but yours be done.  May your will be done in and through me today.