Mark 14:35,36 - Gethsemane: Not My Will, But Thy Will.

Mark 14:35,36 - Gethsemane: Not My Will, But Thy Will. 

Mark 14:35,36 (NLT) He went on a little farther and fell to the 
ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him 
might pass him by. "Abba, Father," he cried out, "everything is 
possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I 
want your will to be done, not mine."  

Was Jesus trying to get out of what lay before him when he 
prayed, "Please take this cup of suffering away from me"? No, but he was 
expressing his human emotions--his aversion to the pain, torture, and 
suffering that would be the end result of his obedience to God's will. In 
his prayer, Jesus was aware of what doing the Father's will would 
cost him, but he also saw beyond the horrible experience of 
crucifixion and recognized that this was part of the plan from the beginning 
of time. He would take on the sins of the entire world in order to 
bring us salvation. His death would give us life.  
Anything worth having costs something, but sometimes that cost 
is difficult for us to handle. What should you do when you seek 
God's will and don't like what you hear? Jesus gave us an example in 
this passage. First, pray. Second, seek support from other believers. 
They may have a more objective viewpoint and can offer good advice. 
Third, focus on the purpose God has given to you. You have to be 
willing to not only seek his will but to follow it as well. [The One 
Year Bible for New Believers re Mark 14:35, 36] 

Now Jesus seemed to be shut out from the light of God's 
sustaining presence. Now He was numbered with the transgressors. The guilt 
of fallen humanity He must bear. Upon Him who knew no sin must be 
laid the iniquity of us all. So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so 
great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to 
fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father's love....  
He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The 
gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered 
before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape. As 
man He must suffer the consequences of man's sin. As man He must 
endure the wrath of God against transgression....  
As Christ felt His unity with the Father broken up, He feared 
that in His human nature He would be unable to endure the coming 
conflict with the powers of darkness....  
The sins of men weighed heavily upon Christ, and the sense of 
God's wrath against sin was crushing out His life....  
From His pale lips comes the bitter cry, "O My Father, if it be 
possible, let this cup pass from Me." Yet even now He adds, "Nevertheless 
not as I will, but as Thou wilt."   
Three times has He uttered that prayer. Three times has humanity 
shrunk from the last, crowning sacrifice. But now the history of the 
human race comes up before the world's Redeemer. He sees that the 
transgressors of the law, if left to themselves, must perish. He sees the 
helplessness of man. He sees the power of sin. The woes and lamentations of a 
doomed world rise before Him. He beholds its impending fate, and His 
decision is made. He will save man at any cost to Himself. He accepts His 
baptism of blood, that through Him perishing millions may gain 
everlasting life. He has left the courts of heaven, where all is purity, 
happiness, and glory, to save the one lost sheep, the one world that has 
fallen by transgression. And He will not turn from His mission. He will 
become the propitiation of a race that has willed to sin. His prayer 
now breathes only submission: "If this cup may not pass away from 
Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done."   
Having made the decision, He fell dying to the ground from which 
He had partially risen.  
But God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour's 
agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His 
nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was 
silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the 
amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father 
separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they 
would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin.   
The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with 
intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his 
confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great 
crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to 
see what answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. 
Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this 
might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this 
awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup 
trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone 
forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty 
angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which 
Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the 
cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the 
assurance of the Father's love. He came to give power to the divine-human 
suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls 
that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him 
that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His 
death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the 
kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He 
told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be 
satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally 
Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and 
discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its 
object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and 
serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne 
that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the 
sufferings of death for every man.  {DA 685-694}   

When you have a Gethsemane experience, pray what Jesus prayed: 
"Not what I will, but what You will". Jesus could submit to the abuse 
of men because He had already submitted to the will of God. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]