“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).
Jesus knew the the hour was near. The cross was looming. The long anticipated time of transition was upon him.
So Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane. He takes Peter, James, and John along with him to a place of prayer. Jesus is troubled. Jesus is sorrowful. Overwhelmed with sorrow. Sorrowful to the point of death.
Jesus goes farther into the garden and prays. “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
He returns to find the disciples sleeping. He asks them to watch and pray before withdrawing again for more conversation with God.
“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
He returns to find them sleeping again. He withdraws to pray a third time.
The same words flow from Jesus’ heart and mouth. “Father….”
As I ponder the emotions of Jesus in the shadow of the cross and the prayer that flowed from those emotions, I wonder about another occasion when Jesus was facing a transition.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8).
Did Jesus have an emotional response before he “met” Mary — before his transition from heaven to Mary’s womb? Did Jesus talk to God about that transition?
I know about the emotions of Jesus in the hours before the cross. I know the words Jesus spoke in conversation with His Father.
I wonder about the emotions of Jesus in the hours before the conception. I would love to know of any words spoken in conversation to God.
Based on what you know of God…
What emotions do you think Jesus felt prior to “emptying Himself” and taking on flesh?
Do you think Jesus talked over this transition with God?
What would that conversation have been like?
**Thanks to Scott and Jack for sparking my imagination in pondering our great God.