“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” – Matthew 26:42
While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus accepted His Father’s will. We see it three different times in Matthew 26. In verse 39 He says, “…Yet not as I will, but as you will.” In verse 42 He says, “…Your will be done.” And finally, in verse 44, we learn, “After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.”
I want you to notice that there was no effort to escape the cross. Jesus knew His hour had come. It was His acceptance of the Father’s will that gave Jesus peace and perfect calmness as He moved forward to meet His betrayer and begin His journey to the cross.
Even in His anguish and in His appeal, He fulfilled the words of David in Psalm 40, which are also recorded in Hebrews 10:9, “See, I have come to do your will.” He always knew what He came to do.
Jesus said earlier in John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” Jesus was on a mission from heaven — a mission that He knew would have to be fulfilled on a bloody cross and with an empty grave! And Jesus accomplished that mission!
We know Jesus did not want to die on the cross, but He did it because it was His Father’s will. Have you fought God on something He wants you to do? Even Jesus did not want to do what He God sent Him to do, but He did it because He cared more about God’s will than His own wants.
Can you say the same? Do you care more about God’s will or your wants? Are you willing to sacrifice the things you want, or your own plans, for the will of God? If you are, God can use you to do some amazing things. But He needs you to trust Him. Place your faith in God and His will today! Make it your number one priority to follow God’s will more than your wants. You will not regret it!