Christ's Everlasting Love
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” –Matthew 26:39b
In 2008, I had the privilege of standing at the Garden of Gethsemane and picturing Jesus crying out this prayer quoted above to the Father. He knew what was about to transpire. His journey to the cross was about to begin. The pain and suffering was imminent. His death was a matter of time.
From this prayer, we can surmise that Jesus knew how difficult this task was going to be, but yet, was willing to go through with it. Why would He go through with this? I believe it was because of His immense love for you.
In Hebrew, the word “Gethsemane” is two words: “Gath” and “Shemen” which together, means “the place where olive oil is pressed.” Oil has always been a valuable commodity, especially in Biblical times. Have you ever seen an olive oil press? Olives are gathered into rough sacks and stacked one on top of another. A beam is lowered onto the stack and increasing weight is added to the end of the beam to press oil from the olives. The more pressure, the more oil.
Life Lesson: Like a test leads to a testimony, pressure leads to God’s promise.
How appropriate for Jesus to find Himself at a place symbolizing extreme pressure that would soon result in something of great value. His suffering and death was about to be the prelude to the greatest miracle in the history of mankind: His resurrection.
And how about you? Do you find yourself in the middle of extreme pressure? Could it be that your current “Gethsemane” is the prelude to your upcoming miracle? I believe it for you. Just remember that your prayer should be something like, “Father, not my will, but Yours be done.”
And one more fact: As I stood at the Garden of Gethsemane, which is on the Mt. of Olives, I looked up and saw a great view of the Eastern Wall of Jerusalem, where it is prophesied that Christ will return to the earth (Ezekiel 43:1-3). Because of Christ’s love for you, you have the hope of eternal life. He loved you when He was at Gethsemane and He will love you for eternity. That is His everlasting love.
Question to Meditate on: Why is it so difficult for us to follow through with the will of the Father?
1) Thank the Lord for the pain and struggles you are dealing with today, because it is a set up for your miracle.
2) Tell the Father, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” And be intentional about following His will.