Words from the Heart for Friday October 25th, 2019
“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.”
Mark 14:36 (NLT)
It isn’t a good idea to pull and pass an emergency vehicle while the lights are flashing and their siren is on as they are rushing to the scene of an accident. But that is exactly what a woman in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland did this past April. She was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. Instead of passing the emergency vehicle she should have pulled over.
The humanity of Jesus is seen throughout the pages of the Gospel, and Jesus takes time to get away from the crowds to get some rest, or by sitting with His followers for meals. But there is no greater proof of His humanity than in the hours before His arrest when He goes into the Garden of Gethsemane to spend some time with God the Father. He knew what lay ahead and understood the physical and emotional pain that he would endure over the next few hours. And in His prayer in Mark 14:36 we see the extent of His humanity: “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.” The agony at that point must have been overwhelming. But peace came when He yielded His will to the will of the Father, and it does for us as well. Jesus was in every way fully human. So He understands what you are facing; He knows the depth of your pain, and He comes alongside. Peace will come to you to, as you yield your will to the will of your Heavenly Father who loves you.
These have been words from the heart.