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Mark 14

“And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” Mark 14:36

It’s the evening before the crucifixion and Jesus along with his disciples are, in the garden of Gethsemane. Interestingly, the word gethsemane in Hebrew means “an oil press.”  It’s clear Jesus felt a great deal of pressure as He sat in the garden thinking about the excruciating pain that he was about to experience in his life. Luke 22:44 says, “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Medical science calls this condition hematidrosis, in which the capillaries that feed the sweat glands rupture causing them to exude blood during extremely stressful conditions. If anyone were to ever have experienced a stressful condition, it’s Jesus. He was going to the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of the entire world—I’m pretty sure that would make anyone sweat a little blood.

Jesus asked the Father, “Remove this cup from me.” In other words, ‘Take this task away, don’t make me have to go through it.’ Jesus, in His flesh, didn’t want to go through the agony that was to come. But he finishes his prayer with the greatest blessing for us- “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” He’s basically saying, ‘God, I it’s not about what I want. Push my personal desires aside and remember my deepest desire is to fulfill my ultimate purpose that you have for my life.’ He knew this was the ONLY way to save us—the only way to reestablish a relationship with God Himself. We thank Him daily for displaying the best attitude, but even more, for making such a profound sacrifice for us.

DF