This week we are celebrating the greatest event to ever happen in the history of this planet: Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Because of His sacrifice, we have access to forgiveness of sin and the privilege of eternal life.
Leading up to His death, Jesus wrestled with the purpose that God had for His life. Jesus knew that He was about to go through public humiliation, betrayal, and agonizing pain that would result in His death. He knew that He was about to suffer even though He was innocent of every conviction that would be put on Him.
During a time of prayer, we get a glimpse of Jesus’ thoughts: He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me…” (Matthew 26:39a NLT)
Often in my own life I get encouragement from this verse. Jesus Himself did not really want to go through what God was requiring of Him. Our Savior asked God if there was some other way that His life’s purpose could be fulfilled. So those times when I am looking at what’s coming down the pipe and see something that I’m not happy about, I know I can voice my concerns to my Heavenly Father. I know that I can be fully honest with God and have Him understand.
But I also learn from the strength of Jesus during His difficult time. Despite being so stressed out that He was sweating blood (Luke 22:44), He still had the heart to say: “…Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39b NLT)
No matter how difficult my trial may seem, it will never weigh more than Jesus having to take up His cross. I will never feel the burden of carrying humanity’s sin. I will not know the reality of wanting God’s love and having Him forsake me. If Jesus can surrender to God’s will, how much more should I?
Part of Jesus’ ability to accept His great trial was the fact that He knew the end result. He knew that humanity’s salvation hung in the balance. Jesus knew that His sacrifice would allow us to triumph over death. He knew that His resurrection would lead to the resurrection of so many lost souls.
What trial are you facing? Is your life’s purpose suddenly leading into a painful and dark place? Remember the example of our Savior. It’s okay to confess your misgivings to the Lord. However, we must remember to always end our confessions allowing for the Lord’s will to be done, not our own. It is only in this place of full surrender that God’s glory will get the opportunity to shine.
Thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Because of His death and resurrection, I have a right to everlasting life! Help me to remember to fully surrender to You no matter how things may appear. Help me to know that even in dark places, You are walking with me and bringing me to my place of destiny in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to fully surrender to God’s will for your life! No matter how difficult or painful things may be, you are EMPOWERED to go through with grace and strength coming out as a testament of God’s glorious power!
Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.