When God Wants God’s Will To Change

Trinity means that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God.  When Jesus was close to his death he struggled under the stress of what was about to come.  I do not mean that Jesus was afraid of dying.  I think that there was a desperate sense of despair at the alienation coming.  Again there is mystery, how can God who is infinite and indivisible become alienated from himself.  If we take a humanist approach, this is just contradictory and impossible.  However, humanists are fine with the concept that light behaves as a wave and a particle in seemingly contradictory ways.  The physics of subatomic particles is paradoxical.  However, the universe reflects the mysterious diversity of its Creator.  God sweat blood and lacked support from his friends.

Luke 22:39-46

39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 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.[c]

 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

Questions

  1. How is the depth of Jesus’ struggle at his impending death emphasized?
  2. How is Jesus supported by his friends?
  3. What act does Jesus engage in to overcome hardship?
  4. My Uncle is facing death and it is affecting him deeply.  Please pray for him.
  5. How is your prayer life when you face difficult times?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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