Today in God’s Word
Joshua 23; Acts 3; Jeremiah 12; Matthew 26.
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, in Matthew’s account “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” What is Jesus communicating here and why has God chosen for this to be recorded for us? Surely we get a glimpse of the human nature of Jesus here as well as the divine. The very Son of God cannot walk into the wrath of his omnipotent Father and the abandonment of his Father as if he wants it. Jesus wants anything but this. Our great king and brother and Lord here faces the only thing that could ever scare him. Fear of the LORD is perfected in the man Jesus. He is facing separation from his Father for the sake of his people. As the Son of God, separation from God is impossible, but Jesus is to suffer in his humanity and this human nature can surely be separated and even die.
Jesus reveals only a few verses later that he clearly does have the authority to call the whole thing off with his reference to the Father fulfilling his request for a legion of angels coming to his aid, but this is not his desire either. Jesus has not lost his resolve to die for his bride but he is, I believe, communicating his higher allegiance to his Father. I suggest that the greatest drive that Jesus has is love for his Father and a desire to please him and to glorify him. On that cross Jesus will become sin and he will become shame and disgust and vileness and he will be abandoned by his Father and he will become the essence of wickedness and unholiness…all for love, first for his Father and also for his bride.
Do we have a love and allegiance like this for our Heavenly Father? Are we hungry to honor him and to please him and to be united with him and to commune with him and are we pained at the thought of our sin separating us, even momentarily? Let us long for God and for unhindered communion with him and let us hate our sin violently.
Soli Deo Gloria!