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Thy Will Be Done

Matthew 26:36-44 36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

We can certainly learn many life lessons from Jesus. There is one in particular that I would like to focus on, the garden of Gethsemane. It was in the garden where we learn of Christ strong desire for the Father's will to be done.

In Gethsemane, Jesus begins to feel the heavy load of the cross that lay before Him.

His sorrow and agony was such a heavy load that in Luke 22:44 His sweat was as great drops of blood. He would pray three times in the text that the cup that was before Him, would pass from Him. The word cup in verse 42 means; over abundance, or beyond measure.

What He was facing was beyond what any mortal man would be able to withstand. But we must understand that God's will does not always lead us into pleasant places. Even though it would bring sorrow, suffering, and agony into His life He would rather face those things, knowing He was doing the will of His Heavenly Father.

If you desire to do the will of your Heavenly Father, it will come at a cost, but the end result is always filled with purpose, peace, and power. It's always better to please God than men.

Pastor Todd McClain

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