A MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Jesus is Obedient
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Luke 22:41-44 NIV
Nature has rules in which they must follow. Waves of the oceans only go so far onto the beach. The sun must stay at a certain distance from the earth to keep us from extreme temperatures. Apple seeds germinate and grow into apple trees to keep apples as a healthy food choice. Laws of nature given by God must be obeyed to prevent chaos and provide a world in which we can live.
Of course, society and families have rules in which must be followed and given an account; traffic laws, parents, bosses, spouses, government officials…
The intent of these authorities and rules are to keep order and keep us safe. They are for our best interest. Yet how many times do we think, “the speed limit is not really meant for me…after all, I am a safe driver”. Or a teenager think, “I want to stay out later than my curfew because I’m having fun.” There are consequences to not obeying the rules. We put ours and other’s safety at risk.
Jesus was being asked to do something he really wasn’t sure he wanted to. Have you ever found yourself in that place? Take comfort, Jesus knows what it is like. “…yet not my will, but yours be done.” The above passage from Luke demonstrates the anguish he underwent to come to a place of obedience. Jesus demonstrated to us that when we ask for help in doing what it is God is asking of us, strength will be given. He showed us what obedience to God can look like.
At Rockport we believe obedience to God is imperative to give him glory and honor. He has his creation (which includes humanity) in his best interest and asks us to trust his ways and obey his commands. At times it can be anguishing, but as we grow together and ask for help, strength surely will come.
I shutter at the thought if Jesus had not been obedient, and walked away from what God required of him. What would life look like today?