Good Friday, March 30

Mark 14:32-51 (ESV)

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane.  And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.  Remain here and watch.”  35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  36 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.”  37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not watch one hour?  38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.  41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  It is enough; the hour has come.  The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man.  Seize him and lead him away under guard.”  45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him.  46 And they laid hands on him and seized him.  47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.  48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?  49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.  But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”  50 And they all left him and fled.

51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body.  And they seized him,

Jesus’ obedience to the will of the Father is truly amazing.  He knew His Father could do anything including rescuing Him from what was about to happen, but Jesus was willing to do whatever the Father willed.  Jesus had total faith that whatever plan the Father had for Him, it was for the best.  He trusted His Father and was completely obedient.

Lyrics to Mercy Me’s Song “Even If”

I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

Every time I hear this song, it reminds me of what Jesus must have felt in the garden.  Regardless of what we face in life—financial struggles, relationship problems, health issues, etc., if we fully trust and know that the Lord wants what is best, then we too, will be able to say that our hope is in Him alone.  When our hope is in Him, we can want what He wants more than what we want—His will be done.

Lord, when we face challenges remind us that our hope is You alone.  You have a plan and You know what is best.  Your beloved Son is our perfect example of how to put our faith and trust in You.  Jesus put Your will above His own desires, help us to do the same.  Help us to know that even if You don’t answer our prayers the way we want, our hope is in You alone because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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