Lauren has provided the notes this week. The passage can be read here.
There have been lots of moments that “changed the world”. Short moments which had a profound effect on history. Pivot points that change a story. That happy accident that resulted in penicillin being discovered has had extraordinary repercussions.
What an extraordinary passage of the Bible.
In the garden we are given an honest, unfiltered glimpse into the heart of Jesus. We see that
- he understands what is coming,
- he understands the cost,
- and it is not something he wants to bear.
He asks “take this cup from me”.
Right there, at that moment, our entire salvation, our hope, our future lie on Jesus next decision. If he then said “I will not take this cup” or “I do not deserve your wrath” or “I will not bear their sin”, we would be lost. In fact, I cannot contemplate where we would be: helpless and condemned under the righteous judgement of God. Our future hangs in the balance. If he turns from the path, there is no solution for our sin.
Of course we know he doesn’t turn from the path. We know he is steadfast. We know Jesus is God, that he is perfect, that he is perfect in his love for us. He had promised and planned this salvation, and we know God is not a man that he should change his mind. Praise God!
But this passage doesn’t let us forget that Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross. He wanted another way. He “prayed earnestly”. He was “in anguish”. “Take this cup from me.” But there wasn’t another way so he chose to go forward along the path, because he chose us.
God chose to let his Son walk that road, because he chose to save us.
Jesus said “Yet not my will, but yours be done”. A moment that could have changed the world for the worse passed. God’s plan of salvation continued.
“He fights for breath, he fights for me
Loosing sinners from the claims of hell
And with a shout our souls are free
Death defeated by Immanuel”
We thank you Jesus for making a choice that was gain for us at such cost for you. We know that without you we would have no hope, but that because of what you did, we have a beautiful, wonderful hope which cannot be shaken.