Vs. 4, “And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.” The gauntlet has been thrown down and will of God is set in motion. What a tragic tale that Judas Iscariot brings to light. But that would not deter Jesus from fulfilling His Father’s will. As they celebrated Passover, it is no coincidence that Jesus (The Lamb of God) would shed His blood just as the lamb did in Egypt for God’s people. It really amazes me that in the midst of the last supper, that Jesus is so patient with his bickering apostles (vs. 24). Jesus would warn them there soon will be a time when people will no longer welcome them (vs. 36-38). Now we come to the events in the Garden of Gethsemane (vs. 39-53). Jesus teaches us all about life and dependence upon the Father. I always feel myself rooting for Peter’s courage in drawing his sword to defend Jesus (vs. 50). But, Jesus would not allow the enemy to get a foothold in God’s plan. The enemy probably thought he was winning, but God was and always is in ultimate control. Sadly, we see Jesus’ prophecy of Peter denying him three times come true (vs. 54-62). Even more excruciating, we must read about the mockery of trial(s) and the beating Jesus would endure (vs. 63-71)
Regarding application…Not My Will. Vs. 28, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Question: What is “my” will? My will can be our own desires whether we believe them to be selfish or even good intentioned. For example, let’s say a father is teaching his son how to build a shelf. He is giving him explicit instructions on building a strong base and using enough nails to strengthen the foundation. The son understands the father’s request, but is in a hurry and wants to play so he only uses four nails instead of the eight his father instructed him. The son had good intentions and technically did listen to his father and even did some of the instruction. But upon the completion of the shelf, it falls down because the son did not follow his father’s will. Question: How do we know the Father’s will? Know His word, pray daily and be connected to the church; so basic yet incredibly hard to do because we are selfish. Make today a day where you mirror the prayer of Jesus!