Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 28th, 2018

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.”

Mark 14:35-36 (NLT)

Not My Will Be Done

Can you hear the agony in the words of Jesus? He is faced with the horrific decision to say “yes” to the will of His Father even though it would mean the cross. His “yes” would open the way of salvation for us.

Listen to Words from the Heart

 

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Jesus had come for one reason – to take upon Himself the punishment we deserve for our sin. He would redeem millions of people from every nation, tribe and tongue. The Bible says that for the joy set before Him he endured the cross. The joy comes from the men, women and children who would be redeemed by His sacrificial death, set free from the clutches of sin and death. And while we usually focus on the joy part of that verse, in this week we call holy, we focus on the pain He endured in order that He might then experience the joy. There was a time on the evening He was arrested when He had to wrestle through the pain. Mark 14:35-36 records Jesus time in the Garden of Gethsemane: “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.” In spite of the pain He was going to face, He yielded to God’s will. We are eternally grateful.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley