|Luke 22:42 |
42 Saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours be done."2 [Jesus only did the will of the Father, and so too must we only do the will of the Father if we expect to enter the Kingdom of Heaven: as Jesus said, "only he who does the will of the Father shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Mat 7:21. To be able to speak and act according to the will of the Father, your selfish, sinful nature must killed on the inward cross of self denial.]
2 Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours be done. Even when Jesus would have preferred another way, He did the Father's will, even to dying on the cross. Notice, his will was that he would not be beaten, scourged, and crucified on the cross. But he said, not my will, but what you will. To do the Father's will is to stop making decisions for yourself, your will; and only do what the Father tells you to do, his will. This is exactly what Jesus told us that he did, and he only did; many, many times:
I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true;
and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. John 8:26
the Father, who sent me, gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
And I know that His command is everlasting life.
Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. John 12:49-50
the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord);
but He [the son] is able to do only what He sees the Father doing,
for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way. John 5:19
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous,
because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30
The world must learn that I love the Father
and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31
He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:24
Some would say, well that was Jesus, but we can't be expected to do what he did. Yet, Jesus said the same applies to you and me: whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. Mat 12:50. And, realize that he told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31. He went to the cross to teach us that if we love God, we must obey completely. Whoever does not pick up his cross daily is not worthy of him. Mat 10:38. Jesus showed us what it means to obey his command to "daily deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow me:" to do the will of God by denying your own will and following his commands — the inward cross of self-denial. From the Word of the Lord within: "Whatever God commands, whether it be dying on the cross, we obey; however financially strait, however it affects our reputation, however ruinous."
Not only did Jesus know He was to be crucified, He also knew that He was to beaten, first by the High Priest's Jewish guards and then to be brutally beaten by the entire Roman garrison so much that he no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14; some translations say beaten beyond any man had ever been beaten before. We know from Jesus' many statements that He fully accepted the necessity of His death by crucifixion, but perhaps He wished for an alternative to the unprecedented brutality he immediately faced; or perhaps He feared He might not be able to maintain His peace while undergoing a beating by the entire Roman garrison. But he presented His body to be sacrificed, as we are similarly advised: I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1.