In my heart, I see my precious Saviour kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet not alone, for His Heavenly Father was very close as He prayed the Heavenly Host was watching. But His disciples who were just a stone’s throw away from Him were fast asleep. This reveals the spirituality of all humanity. He prayed with all the fervency of His soul. His soul was deeply troubled and exceedingly sorrowful as He prayed to His Heavenly Father. Praying with all fervency of His soul and being in deep agony He began to sweat as it were, great drops of blood falling to the ground for His garments had become soaked in His own precious Divine blood. He became so weak that an angel from the Heavenly Host came down to strengthen Him. He prayed these words.
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt .He went away again second time and prayed saying O my Father if this cup may not pass away from except I drink it thy will be done. Saying, Father, if thou were willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
Not only did our precious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ surrender to the will of His Father in Heaven to drink the bitter cup of our sins. He also surrendered His will to the Power of Darkness. That meant that the Power Darkness would pour out all their Pent up Anger of the past three years in the dark valley of humiliation. It also meant by deceitful means the Power Darkness would force Pilate to have Jesus crucified. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent of the false charges brought against Him by the religious crowd of that day. The Power of Darkness being the principalities of evil wicked men, the world, and Satan and his demons. My dear brethren may we see what God allowed the Power of Darkness to do to His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ. So that all our sins would be forgiven forever and that, the Holy Spirit of God would reside within us to guide us. What we have in Christ should cause us to do God’s will for our lives no matter what it may cost us.
May we follow in the footsteps of our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ and say as He said…, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not, what I will, but what thou wilt.”
For it may be the bitter of fiery trials of suffering of untold pain and anguish. It could be the bitter cup of separation from our loved ones in some far distant foreign field. It might be the bitter cup of being forsaken by our family and our friends because you entered into the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. What will happen if we reject and do not drink the bitter cup that God puts in our hands? We will see what we have lost at the judgment seat of Christ. The following passage of Scripture plainly tells us if you choose not to serve with the right motive, you will not have any crowns to lie at the feet of the righteous judge the Lord Jesus Christ. You will stand there naked and ashamed before the righteous judge the Lord Jesus Christ. If you choose to serve with the right motive then you will have crowns to lay at the feet of the righteous judge the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray you will take heed to these warnings dear brothers if you are not serving and if serving, serving with the right motive.
May you hear these precious words from our Saviour Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 1 Corinthians 3:12
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:13
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:14
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 3:15