Matthew 26:38-40New International Version (NIV)
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.
Ive always loved this scripture. It really shows how.. just like us.. our Lord had doubts..and was scared of the future. It certainly has a climactic finish in “Jesus Christ Superstar” . Its even rumored, Jesus sweat blood..as he was so overwhelmed with the weight of our Sins.. Past, Present, Future. This story right here, reminds me more then anything, how like us in every way but sin Jesus was. In a weird way its reassuring. I’m not alone in my anguish, I’m not alone.
We often have to take a cup and drink what we don’t want in life. Sometimes we can totally be in the right.. but the world will tell us we are wrong. I think at times like that, we need to remember more and more, that God loves us so much that he came in a way that sympathizes with us, and, in the end, our tribulation is necessary, just like His, so that we can transcend this state, and be refined.
Keeping Mark Shea of http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/ In my Thoughts.
Brother.. Not all of us agree all the time, but faithfulness doesnt require Popular validation. Our Validation comes way down the road.
Short, Sweet, To the point.