Christ is our ultimate example.
It’s easy to think of Him as an example when we think of how He lived His life without sin. We all strive to live as He did, and repent whenever we slip up. We want to be like Him and serve others, refrain from judging, and live with compassion. We often forget, however, about His example in the most important moment of His life.
Matthew 26:39 reads,
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ suffered for the sins of the world. Because He experienced mortality, He was not immune to physical, emotional, and spiritual pain; He took on this pain for the benefit of humanity. Christ was perfect even in His earthly ministry, and because of this, we can somehow imagine that His pain was easy for Him to go through. This is not so.
This verse tells us that during the Atonement, Jesus called upon the name of the Father, asking Him to put an end to His suffering. This alone shows how difficult this was for Him, so much so that he pleaded with Heavenly Father to “let the cup pass”. In this, Christ shows His vulnerability as a mortal being. He was hurting and prayed to God for relief. While important, this is not the most vital principle we can take from this verse.
Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
This scripture is so poignant. We all know that the Savior experienced mortal trials and felt each one of our pains and sorrows. It’s impossible to comprehend the agony He experienced atoning for the sins of the world. We’ve all had times in our lives when we’ve begged with God to end a trial that is hard for us. Christ is our ultimate example. He suffered more than we can completely understand, but He still asked for Heavenly Father’s will to be done. It truly shows His love for us. It can be difficult to give up our will to Heavenly Father’s when we’re struggling, but it’s a blessing to be able to follow Christ’s example and submit our will to the Father’s.
Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
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