SUBMISSION: A new perspective on Christ’s sacrifice

Posted: March 30, 2015 in CORE
Source: Logos Bible Software

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Gather the tools we acquired in previous weeks (understanding words like justification, atonement, reconciliation) and enter into Holy Week.  This is a time when we reflect on Jesus’ final week before His payment for our sin.

CORE students looked at Matthew 26:36-46 yesterday.  Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray after sharing the Passover meal with the disciples.  It is in this passage that we Jesus’ raw humanity and divinity in conflict.  How does Jesus handle this?

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?”he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Did you notice what CORE noticed?  Jesus did not want to die.  He did not want to be tortured.  He was “overwhelmed with sorrow,” as He prepared for the coming events.  And He asked His Father that He might find another way to rescue His people from the bondage of sin.

Yet.

Jesus made His desires known to His Father, yet He followed with the most important words:

“Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Jesus had a will–He had a desire not to endure a torturous death.  But Jesus showed us that the Father’s will is bigger, greater, and better than our own.  Jesus humbly submitted to the Father’s will, and in doing so, offered salvation to all those who would repent and follow.

Does this picture of Jesus’ submission change the way you celebrate Easter this year?  Does Jesus’ model of submission shape the way you pray?…does it change the way you live your life?  Consider these questions this week as you align your heart for Jesus’ sacrifice and victorious resurrection.

This week we have provided a daily reading plan to read and discuss as a family.  We pray that–through the sanctifying Truth of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit–that our hearts may be prepared for resurrection life.

Holy Week Reading Plan.001

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