DAY 87 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
In the dying minutes of any soccer games, last ditch tackles come into play when opposition players do all they can to deny a clear and obvious goal scoring opportunity. It often does not matter the approach used: a shove, a slide tackle, or a push. Whatever tactic works seems acceptable as long as a goal is prevented.
We will recall that in Saint Luke’s account of the temptation, it concludes in this manner ‘ And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season (4:13).’ As we will read on other occasions therefore, the devil adopted many occasions to dissuade Jesus from getting to the cross. On multiple occasions, he tried to influence men to kill him but non succeeded. Even Peter rebuked Jesus for suggesting’ he was going to be crucified’.
It appears the enemy got a hint of what the death of Christ would mean for man, hence he makes a last ditch attempt to get Jesus to abandon ship. Hence, today, we read not just about Jesus, Truly God, but Jesus Truly man! It was this humanity that the devil sought to exploit.
In Marks account of the passion, there was a young man who was with Jesus but run away naked when the soldiers grabbed his cloak (14:51-52). Perhaps, the enemy sought to employ that same tactic thinking that for fear of His life, Jesus would flee the cross. After all, he was human. And it seemed for a moment, He contemplated abandoning mission if it was possible. The cup He was being offered seemed too bitter to drink. Yet, He was ready to accept the will of the father.
Heaven responds to this sacrifice with pain and sadness as for hours, darkness loomed over the face of the earth which received the blood of the son of God. Heaven could not watch. Beloved, for our sake, a hefty price has been paid, with obedience and surrender to the will of God. That price presents us with a gift – the gift of salvation. So let’s receive it and treasure it.