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26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32–42) as he prepares to sacrifice his life for his people (10:45). Here we are given a unique window into the nature of Christ’s suffering and his heart. As he considers the looming judgment and loneliness he is about to face, he begins to feel the horrific weight of what it will mean to be forsaken by his Father. This is why he repeatedly cries out for deliverance (14:35–39); Jesus is facing the “cup” of God’s wrath (v. 36). He knows that only the Father can deliver him from the cup of judgment (Heb. 5:7), but he humbly submits himself (Mark 14:36), certain that his heavenly Father knows what is best.
According to the Father’s will and wisdom, the cup is not removed from Jesus. The Son of God chooses to go to the place where we belong. Utterly alone, Christ endures the furious anger of God on behalf of his still largely clueless disciples, whom he loves. Indeed, the saving work of that weekend long ago was the most critical moment in all of human history. The anger of God toward our sin came crashing down on his only Son. On the cross sin was forgiven, heaven was secured, joy was restored, and peace was won for sinners who trust in Christ.
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
When people try to earn God’s blessing by performing the works of the law, they will not find life. Instead, they will find only a deadly curse (Gal. 3:10). The only way to be found blameless in God’s courtroom and gain eternal life is to forsake all attempts of earning it and receive God’s grace by faith (v. 11).
Because of our disobedience to God’s law, Jesus took the curse of the law upon himself at the cross —even though he did not deserve it (v. 13). He substituted his life for ours, ensuring that eternal life, righteousness, and the Holy Spirit would be given to all who believe in him.
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
Thoughts For Prayer
Because of the cross, God’s fury has been turned away from us forever. If you are trusting in Christ, there is no need to fear his judgment. Draw near to him and give praise and thanks for your curse-bearing Savior.
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May 17, 2021
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Lithuania (Europe). Population: 3,058,404 Believers: 1.1%. Freedom has brought progress. Doors for the gospel remain open, and evangelical positions can have a hearing in society. However, with freedom came many dangers—increased materialism, hedonism, and nihilism. Substance abuse, suicide, and most sinister, trafficking women for prostitution in the West, all disintegrate the nation’s foundations. Pray that God would bring massive societal change through his people. From Operation World DVD-ROM 2010, www.operationworld.org
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