And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39 NASB)
Jesus, at this point has a really good idea of what He is facing.
He knows Judas, His friend, is at that very moment betraying Him to His enemies.
He knows that He is going to be denied by His closest companions, even those who have declared their allegiance to Him when everyone else turned away.
He knows He will face physical torture.
He knows they will strip Him down before the crowd
He knows the very ones who 4 days before had cried out ‘Hosanna’ would soon be crying ‘Crucify Him’
He knows they are about to kill Him in the most horrid and painful death imaginable.
None of these bring Him to the garden tonight.
Not one of these draw drops of blood from His sweat glands
No pain or rejection of man causes Him to cry out to the Father
He knew that He faced one thing that He could not bear.
One thing He had never faced since before He separated the sea from the dry ground.
That one thing –
God, His own Father was going to turn His back on Jesus.
He was going to be God forsaken
The Spirit that had dwelt in Him from His mother’s womb and empowered Him from the day He went under the flow of the Jordan, would be leaving Him alone.
Jesus, who had never uttered a prayer that was not answered, found heavens of brass tonight.
Not only did He face separation from the Father, but He was going to drink the cup of God’ wrath. The cup that had been filled by every sin, since the day Adam took the fruit from his wife’s hand and betrayed God in the garden, to the hurtful thing you said to your wife this morning.
God was going to look on Jesus, and demand that He drink every last drop of God’s wrath. You can see this cup described in Jeremiah 25. It's staggering.
Just the thought of it nearly killed Jesus.
The Father sent an angel to strengthen Him.
But the Father would not relent. This cup of wrath must be consumed, and it could only be Jesus.
There was no other lamb
O Thank you Jesus
O Thank you Lord
O Thank you my King, my Jesus