Jesus Knows Your Pain
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." Matthew 26:39, NIV
I don’t know about you, but I can’t fully comprehend this verse. Jesus, God’s Son, the Maker of man, One of the Trinity, the One for whom I always change the little “h” to a big “H” when referring to Him...that same Jesus fell with His face to the ground in sorrow! He had only gone “a little farther” when He couldn’t go anymore. The pressure of being man got the best of Him and He cried out in earnest to His Father, asking for relief. That blows my mind.
How can my Redeemer need redeeming? How can my Savior desire saving? How can a God become a man? This is one of life’s great mysteries. Perhaps we will spend part of eternity gaining insight into this dilemma.
The reason Jesus can understand when you don’t think you can go on any longer, is because He’s been there. The reason Jesus understands when the pressure of life is makes you feel that the walls are caving in around you is because that happened to Him. The reason Jesus can “feel your pain” is because He felt pain first hand. He felt the physical and the emotional pain of life and now He can better relate to what you are going through.
Notice also, however, that Jesus had learned a secret about God’s will. He had learned to comply with God’s ultimate desires.... “not my will, but thy will”. Jesus knew that God was (is) Sovereign and His desire was to line up with that will. He desperately wanted to obey the Father.
Regardless of what you are going through, Jesus understands! He wants to be there for you. And, as we yield our hurts to Him, He wants you and me to learn to pray with Him, “not my will, but thy will” be done.