Mark 14:36 (NIV) (read verses 32-36) Focus words of Jesus: “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
At some point in life each one of us will experience a “Gethsemane moment.” The Passion Bible describes Jesus in that garden: “An intense feeling of great horror plunged his soul into deep sorrow and agony…(he told His disciples: “It feels as though I’m dying.”) And then he prayed and asked God, “don’t allow me to drink this cup of suffering! Yet what I want is not important for I only desire to fulfil your plan for me.” How did Jesus survive that horrible Gethsemane moment? He lifted His eyes to His faithful Father and focused on the mission and not on His suffering. Counselors tell us that when we are in pain it helps to focus beyond the pain—to hold and squeeze an object, to think about a happy place, to fix our attention elsewhere until the moment passes. Mothers giving birth know this. While I was receiving chemotherapy, I focused on my Bible study. Jesus went to the deepest depths of pain to procure redemption for our souls. What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later (Rom. 8:18). What are you suffering through today? Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross… (Heb. 12:2).