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. 36 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]
Just because something is the right thing to do doesn't mean
it will be easy. Just because we face problems and obstacles
doesn't mean we have missed or misunderstood God's will for us. All of
us have undoubtedly faced times when doing God's will demanded all
of our strength and determination - and our Savior has walked that
It's hard to imagine doing anything more difficult than what
Jesus chose in Gethsemane. He was given the most difficult assignment
possible. Misunderstood by His closest followers... betrayed by one of the
twelve He had poured His life into, denied by His most outspoken
disciple, deserted by the rest... arrested, unfairly tried, cruelly
beaten, dying a criminal's brutal death on a cross, then facing the
righteous wrath of God for the sin of humanity. This was the cup Jesus
accepted in Gethsemane. Jesus submitted to God's plan and walked the path
that caused Him to feel the unimaginable weight of all humanity's
At times you - like your Savior and Lord - must make the
difficult choice to put aside your own wishes and submit to God's will.
God's way is not always the easy path, but it is always the right one.
[Being Still With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby]
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]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
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Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
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Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
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Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: