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He “began to be struck with terror” (Mark 14:33, Amplified Bible). And “He fell on the ground and kept praying that if it were possible [the fatal] hour might pass from Him” (verse 35).
Given the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh (which means He didn’t have to do anything He didn’t want to do), why did He consent to something so horrifying, and humiliating?
Because He loved me.
Later that night, due to Jesus’ unbreakable love for His Father and His desire to set me (and all mankind) free from Satan’s control, the Son of God ended His prayer by saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36 NASB).
If Jesus had decided to go with His will instead of the Father’s, I probably would have committed suicide. Or I’d still be living as a hate-filled, unforgiving, selfish person.
If Jesus had not put my needs ahead of Himself that night, I would never have experienced His unconditional love or amazing grace.
If Jesus’ love for me had not exceeded the love I display in most of my relationships – above all the flaky way I treat Him – I would be separated from Him (and His love for me), forever, without the slightest chance of seeing heaven.
However, because His love for me surpassed His feelings of terror and dread that night, He chose to take the punishment for my sins. His death and resurrection saved me from Satan’s control and gave me the assurance of heaven. There is no way I could have achieved any of this on my own.
And He did it all because He loved me.
He loves you, too.
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