The Joshua Stone
"Father, if you want to, remove this cup from me."
What I am about to do is challenge what you think you know about our Lords famous prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Here is the part of the prayer I wish to address;
Luk 22:42 "Father, if you want to, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place.”
The only explanation for Jesus words I have ever heard have been to say our Lord was asking his Father to somehow remove what he was about to go through. The Watchtower holds that our Lord was wishing to not disgrace Jehovah's name, and this was the cup he requested to be removed from him, but is this so? While most of Christendom simply say this event shows Jesus human nature in fear of the events he knew were about to transpire, and a desire to somehow avoid what was to come, but is this so? What I am about to do is to dispel both and all of these explanations!
The first thing I am going to say is this, our Lord never once wished to circumvent our Fathers will, and in fact I am going to share with you a couple of times he emphatically resisted any thought to escaping his fate!
Mth 16:21-23 "From that time forward, Jesus began explaining to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed, and on the third day be raised up. At this Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying: “Be kind to yourself, Lord; you will not have this happen to you at all.” But turning his back, he said to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you think, not God’s thoughts, but those of men.”
Jhn 18:11 "Jesus, however, said to Peter: “Put the sword into its sheath. Should I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
So what I am about to do is to take a stand, and draw a line in the sand, and say that there is no way our Lord prayed for his Father to remove any of the events that were about to occur, and instead I will offer you an alternative frame of mind for our Lords prayer.
Jesus felt that he had accomplished all his father had willed for him to do up to that evening, and was ready to fully accomplish his Fathers will by offering his life for mankind. Never, not even once did our Lord waver, or question this fate he was destined to accomplish!
This cup he requested his Father to remove was the cup of blood, his life force, that cup that contains our Lords soul!
Luk 22:20 "This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf."
What I understand our Lord to be saying is, he prayed for his Father to pour out that cup of blood, his life force in behalf of mankind, but not by his will, for if there were still things Jehovah wanted him to accomplish, he was willing to do them, if he hadn't completed his Fathers will then he was still willing to do so, whatever that might be, but ultimately he was ready to now finish his destiny by offering his perfect life in behalf of mankind!
Our Lord sweated blood because he was so focused on doing his Fathers will that he didn't want a single thought or action to detract him from accomplishing his Fathers will!
Luk 22:44 "But he was in such agony that he kept praying more earnestly; and his sweat became as drops of blood falling to the ground."
The more I have prayed to understand my Lord Christ Jesus, and the more I have prayed to understand his relationship with our Father, I have been blessed to understand how dedicated our Lord was to not only us, but to Jehovah, and I publicly thank them from the inner most parts of my heart and soul for that opportunity to know them ever so much more!
Thank you Jehovah, and our Lord Christ Jesus!