Friday, April 7

READING Luke 22:39-62

In Jesus’ final hours, He went to His favorite place and prayed. He knew what awaited Him, and His prayers were passionate, forceful, and almost violent. He was afraid of the pain that was ahead, and yet He submitted Himself wholly to God’s will, for our sake. In the matter of just a few hours, Jesus would endure abandonment, betrayal, mockery, and physical brutality. Yet, instead of lamenting His fate and cursing those who needed His salvation, He spent His last free hours praying for us, instead (a record of this prayer can be found in John 17). He knew Peter would betray Him, and yet He didn’t shy away from that pain. He knew the same mouths which had recently praised Him would mock Him, and yet He still willingly gave Himself over to be scorned. The depth of Christ’s love for us is beyond all level of discomfort. He was willing to endure every type of human pain for the chance to offer us restored relationship to our Creator. “Father, oh, what love.”

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

Luke 22:42

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