I was blessed to travel to Israel recently with Pastor James E. Jordan Jr. of Refreshing Spring Church (COGIC) along with 39 other Christians. One of the highlights of my tour was a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives where I snapped a picture in front of a 3,000 year old tree that is said to be the place where Jesus told the disciples (Peter, James, and John) to wait while he went to pray. Wow. What a great Experience. While touring the grounds, I was compelled to think about all of the events that followed the prayer of Jesus in the Garden that night.
Before His resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven; Before conquering death, hell and the grave and taking captivity captive; Before being crucified on the cross and dying for the sins of the world, Before the nails in his hand, and the crown of thorns on his head, before being beaten, spit upon and scourged,
Before being questioned by Pontius Pilate and falsely accused by the Sanhedrin counsel, before being betrayed by Judas with a kiss, before being arrested by a multitude of soldiers, before healing the ear of the High Priest’s servant who Peter cut off with a sword – Jesus Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me;
nevertheless not My will but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
And because of this selfless act, we now have access to everlasting life. So let us live like Jesus and seek the will of God in our lives above all else. In the midst of challenge and despair, comfort and prosperity, in the good times and the bad, let this be our rallying cry: "Not my will by Yours be done."