“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42
In the stillness of the garden Jesus knelt to pray
Knowing that His life would change before the break of day.
Not far away beneath a tree, His disciples fell asleep,
Forgetting that their Master had asked them watch to keep.
No doubt a million angels hovered o’er their kneeling Lord,
Wishing they could intervene and lift His heavy load.
“Father, if it be Thy will, let this cup pass from Me”.
But as the words fell from His lips, He knew it was not to be.
“Not my will but Thine be done,” He counted all but loss
And the surrender in the garden would bring the peace upon the cross.
As the priests and soldiers came, He surrendered without a fight,
Went with them willingly into the long, dark night.
Why did He bear His heavy cross, lay His life so freely down,
Surrender to the jeering crowd, and wear the thorny crown?
It was His love for all mankind that took Him to that tree,
And because of His sacrifice, we can now be free.
-Anne E. Johnston
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you today that you were willing to come to earth, and die in our place, to redeem us from sin and give us hope.
Devotion by Anne Johnston