In life there are things that are going to happen that we might try our hardest and damnedest to circumvent but it is going to happen. By trying to inhibit something from happening that has already been claimed by God will result in casualties along the way. Casualties are not coincidental, more times than not they are preventable. “37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:37-38 New International Version (NIV) In this time Jesus fully man and fully God is at a crossroads, Jesus could take matters into his own hands and decide to not fulfill his duties of what God has for him. Instead, Jesus goes on his knees, and he falls flat on his face Scripture says. He calls out to his father and is asking if there’s a way for him to not have to go through with this, not of Jesus’s will but of God’s will. “39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus is talking to his disciples about who is going to be true him and who is not. All the disciples were sorrowful about Jesus saying they were going to betray him; they were all saying no messiah not us. The thing about us as mere humans is that we have “good intentions” as my pastor stated during one of his mini-series. Betraying Jesus is not something they wanted to do but Jesus claimed it was going to happen.
The difference in our life is when things arise that we are uncertain about we take matters into our own hands, maybe pray. When we pray, we often hear what we want to hear which results in us doing things of our will instead of God’s will for us. Jesus went and prayed for hours asking God for confirmation of what Jesus’ duty was. The man in Jesus wanted to know if there was another way to save his brothers and sisters, The God in Jesus can think rationally and pray according to God’s will.
If Jesus were to have taken matters into his own hands and not fulfill God’s will then there would have been many casualties. In your life now, you are able to be like Jesus because the crucifixion occurred so that Jesus can live inside of you and give you direct access to God just like He had when prayed about being crucified. Scripture stated that Jesus could have called on God for angels to destroy all who were persecuting him. Matthew 26:53-54 New International Version (NIV) “53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” Instead of taking matters into your own hands when the storm comes, just get on your knees fall on your face and pray to God, asked for God‘s will to come to you and not for your own desires to take over.
Peter claims that he will not deny Jesus after Jesus dies, the thing about this scripture is that Peter has good intentions. But if we have good intentions and don’t follow through with it, then we end up right where Peter goes, and does exactly what Jesus say he’s going to do even though Peter has good intentions to not deny Jesus. That’s not enough to make it happen. Peter denies Jesus three times and there has been times in my life when I was in the military and the conversation about my belief in God came up and I did not honor God.
In a sense I denied God, not directly but indirectly I didn’t say anything, and I didn’t speak what I knew because I didn’t want that kind of attention. Over 10 years down the road now I’m writing books about God while putting my shortcomings out for readers like you to learn from.
You are not going to be perfect but if you have someone to guide you and let you know “hey you’re going to mess up, it’s OK” we can still get to heaven and sit at the right hand of God with Jesus and then he will drink from the cup like he said in the scripture Matthew 26:26-29 “26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. ”27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you; I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”