This is what God gave me today in His word:
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:41-42)
The cross was such a daunting prospect, that Jesus asks that it be taken away from Him. Think about that for a second. Imagine how you feel when you’ve done something wrong; you feel guilty. When you tell a lie, you feel the guilt of it. Now, try to imagine all the guilt you’ve ever felt. It’s impossible, but go ahead and try anyway. Now try to imagine your parent’s guilt, and their parent’s guilt, and on up your family tree, and add it to your own. The pure amount of guilt, all the way from Adam and Eve down to you, is so utterly staggering, it’s unbelievable. Now multiply that by all the individual people in the World, who all have had families and have family trees like you, and imagine all the guilt their kid’s will eventually accumulate, and on and on until finally the World comes to an end. And when faced with having it all put onto Himself, Jesus does nothing more than pray that the cup might be taken away from Him. Some people believe Jesus was being selfish here on the Mount of Olives, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of or seen a less selfish display, except for when Jesus was actually on the cross.
Jesus has crucified our guilt, our sinful nature, and our shame, along with everyone else’s down through the centuries. The Christian no longer has anything to be guilty about. Because Jesus was willing to experience the worst horror in existence, we now have the opportunity to experience a guilt free life, and later, Heaven. Now, though nothing we can do will ever have the same impact as what Jesus did, we too are to be as Jesus was here. When trails come, we should recognize that it’s God’s will that they come. Trying to fight God is like trying to fight the wind: it’s impossible. So let’s not try to, rather, let’s acknowledge that God really does know what’s best for us.
Anyway, the point is this: Jesus has done what no other could, and has removed our sin and guilt and shame, by taking them all into Himself, and dying.
You are Loved!