TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH Luke 22:42
by: Jeff Rice
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” –John Maxwell. The true meaning of Christmas is that God’s Word became Flesh and dwelt among us allowing us to see God’s glory full of Grace and Truth. God time and time again told His people that God was going to use the awful circumstances, the hard circumstances, the circumstances we would never choose for ourselves to reveal to the world God’s Greatness and God’s Glory. But, He didn’t just tell us; He became Flesh and showed us. In Luke 22, Jesus, God wrapped in Human Flesh, is in the Garden of Eden facing the most awful, difficult circumstance of human existence. Physically, He was facing the cruelest form of execution known to man. A slow execution designed to torture and agonize a person for days on end. Spiritually, He who knew no sin would bear the sins of all the world. It makes our difficult times and decisions seem small in comparison doesn’t it? In vs 42 of Luke 22 we see Jesus Humanity “Father if there is any other way let what is about to happen not happen”. I’ve been there, and the reality is that I will be there again if God grants me more time on this Earth. But, the God in Flesh of Jesus Christ takes over. “I don’t want to go through this, but not my will but Yours be done.” Jesus came to that point through a night of agonizing prayer and surrender. In the end He knew that it would be the only way that God’s Glory would be revealed to all the world and that sinners like you and I could escape Hell and become Sons and Daughters of God. Jesus didn’t just tell us to surrender; He showed us what it means to surrender. I don’t know what difficulty you are facing or will face but rest assured that if we can surrender our will to say “Not my will but yours be done” God will use the circumstances of our lives to reveal to the world around us His glory, His salvation, His provision, His love, His peace, His hope.