After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. (John 18:1)
He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:36)
Why are these verses here so early in the Lenten season? Don’t these verses belong after Palm Sunday when they take place? So, what are we to learn and think about now?
Jesus seems so human in these passages, especially in Mark, literally struggling with his life and death situation. “Thy will be done” we pray in the Lord’s prayer. I often add “thy will, not mine.”
Who do you call on when you need help in knowing God’s will:
- No one but God?
- Someone who will listen and not give advice?
- Someone who has been through struggles?
- Someone completely objective?
- Someone good at giving advice?
But what is God’s will? And how do you know when you’ve identified God’s will for you?
- I feel peaceful about the decision.
- My friends agree with my decision.
- Scripture tells me what is God’s will in this situation.
- Circumstances work out according to Gods will.
- I’m not sure I ever really know God’s will.
- In hindsight I can see what God’s will was.
There you have it! Lots to think about whether it’s Lent or not!
-Submitted by Barbara Thompson
“Not what I will but what you will” are among the best known of all Jesus’ words. Yet we often quote them at times like the death of a loved one, in which we had no choice. What was Jesus’ active choice, reflected in those words of submission? In what ways do you have to choose, intentionally, to do God’s will rather than your own?
In Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15, Paul presents Jesus as the “second Adam.” Genesis 3 says the first Adam’s choice to pursue his own will rather than God’s brought a loss of innocence, and led to death. How has Jesus’ choice to follow God’s will set you on a course toward goodness, restored innocence and eternal life?