v 36. “Abba, Father,”he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
What does real commitment to God mean? It is not a matter of sparing a few hours here and there, not even taking on onerous responsibilities in Church life, nor volunteering for service in an overseas or hostile environment. It is nothing less than saying, and meaning, my life is your hands God. Take me and use me however you will.
Commitment does not cost a lot – it costs everything! This real humanity, which Jesus shared with us, recoiled from the horror of the cross. ‘Please take this cup of suffering away from me’ He pleaded. You can feel the depth of the agony in that request; had His Father ever denied Him anything before? Was this pain and suffering really necessary? Was there no other way to bring about reconciliation between the Creator and His creatures? Was there not a simpler way to deal with the sin of the world – a way which by-passed the cross with all the suffering that entailed?
It is as you read on you discover what commitment means, for Jesus then adds ‘Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.‘ There is the heart of the whole matter – commitment to the purpose of God is submission to the will of God whatever the cost.
The letter to Hebrews puts it this way: ‘Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who hadthe power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. ‘ (2:14)
And again in chapter 12 we find ‘Because of the joyawaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin ‘
So the writer encourages us not to grow weary on the pathway of commitment. Jesus paid the ultimate price of commitment to the purposes of God – but He has not called us that far, for Jesus was a Man like no other, completely committed to the purposes of God.