As we enter Holy Week, and approach Easter Sunday where we celebrate our RISEN Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, I cannot keep myself from reflecting on Christ’s journey to the cross. I’m drawn to Christ’s time praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Gospel according to Luke we see the sorrow, pain, and agony that Jesus is facing in the hours leading up to His crucifixion. We can see the humanity of Jesus in these verses of Scripture,
“39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’” Luke 22:39-46
We see here that Jesus asked for the cup to pass from Him. He knew His death was rapidly approaching and in this instance He asked God to provide another way. However, the prayer did not end there, the key to this is Jesus prays for God’s will to be done not His human will. The Son of God asking for a way out of being brutally murdered, that shows me that we can ask God for what we want in this life. However, we must remember to be willing to pray and accept God’s will in our lives as the ultimate decision. As we approach the celebration of Easter, please take some time to reflect on the journey Christ took in the days, hours, and minutes leading to His death.