Day 279 – Unimaginable Strain
On: August 6, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:41-42
How easy, yet how difficult to picture this scene. Easy to understand the anxiety and anguish Jesus felt. Almost impossible to imagine the strain in relationship between a loving Father and His obedient Son.
Jesus’s prayer revolves around the word “will”. The Father’s will and His Son’s will. And this lies at the heart of the human condition and the human challenge: our freedom to choose. An animal can’t choose, it follows it’s instinct. A tree can’t choose, it follows it’s pre-set programming. But, you and I? We have been given free will; freedom to choose as we will.
Although we have been given free will, we were made to live in relationship with our Creator, submitting our own free will to His plan for our life. By choosing to reject Him, and go our own way, we have opened the door to the pain, brokenness, greed, arrogance, selfishness and aimlessness that have characterised human history.
We’ll consider tomorrow just how many were involved in this scene. Meantime, we will do well to pause and ponder the tension between Father and Son, stretched to breaking point in the most agonising scene the world has ever seen. To obey or not to obey: that was the question.
The future of the human race was at stake.
There’s an argy bargy in the media, as I write, where a TV interview rant has seen comedian, Stephen Fry, accusing God of being capricious, mean-minded and stupid to create a world so full of injustice and pain. My Fry might like to sit quietly and ponder this scene in Gethsemane.
Father God, I kneel before You, as did Jesus, to submit my will to Your purposes, trusting that Your plans give hope and a future. Amen