05/22/19 – John 12:20-50; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 15:27-28
We are all probably familiar with the intense prayers and requests Jesus made of His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. For example:
Luke 22: 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
But did you note the following verse in today’s reading (which probably occurred on the Tuesday before his crucifixion)
John 12: 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
Jesus knew His fate and the that moment of separation from His Father for the first time in eternity would occur. Yet, He willingly endured out of His love for His creation. — We must bow humbled and grateful.